The following incidents occurred in Reading over the past week:
----100300: ***MVA PIN JOB***** At 1238 hours,members were finishing lunch at the quarters of E3/L1 at 3rd & Court streets when a loud crash was heard outside. Firefighters opened the bay door to find a 2 vehicle accident in front of the station with 1 passenger pinned. An accident assignment was dispatched. Companies used the jaws to free the victim at 1247 hours. He was transported to a local medical center for injuries. Companies assigned: E3,R1,Medic4, C-1 & 5
----100300: ***UNUSUAL RESCUE****At 1343 hours a rescue assignment was dispatched to Duryea Drive above Walnut street for a reported MVA with injuries.Companies arrived at 1345 hours to find a 1 vehicle accident involving a motorcyclist. The driver of the stolen motorcycle had crashed into a guardrail at a high rate of speed,flying through the air striking a tree and landing about 30 feet down a steep embankment. Companies had to use a rope/stokes basket rescue to remove the class 1 victim by 1406 hours. He was flown to a trauma center in critical condition. Companies assigned: E11,L1,R1,Medics 6 & 9, & C-5
----100500: At 1130 hours while responding to another call,R-1 came across a fully involved dwelling fire in the 100 block of Orange street and requested the box. Box 24, Orange and Chestnut streets was transmitted for the dwelling at 108 Orange street. A 2 story vacant M.O.R. frame dwelling was fully involved and spreading to exposures 2 (an occupied,similar attached) and 4 (a 1 story attached frame garage). A 2nd alarm was struck at 1137 hours. Companies used numerous 1&3/4-inch lines and extensive truck work to bring the fire under control. One firefighter was treated for minor injuries in the fire which caused $50,000 damage and has been labeled suspicious. Two occupants of the adjoining exposure were left homless. Companies assigned: 1st alarm: E13,5,3,L1 & 3,R1,Medic1, C-5, E9(safety company). 2nd alarm: E2,11,C-1 & 3. Special call for relief: E8 & 12.
----100800: At 0532 hours box 76, Front and Buttonwood streets was transmitted for a reported garage fire in the 300 block of N. Front street. Companies arrived at 0535 hours to find a 2 story 50x100 warehouse/garage in the rear of 324 N.Front street fully involved. Companies went to work with numerous master streams and handlines as a 2nd alarm was struck at 0541 hours,followed by a 3rd at 0557 hours. Despite the building being located in a narrow alleyway with exposures close on all sides, the fire was held to the building of origin. At 0658 hours,a firefighter and a public electric company employee were injured when a large section of wall collapsed. Both were treated at local medical centers. The fire was placed under control at 0711 hours, but units remained on scene until 1600 hours mopping up. Damage has been estimated at $200,000 in the fire which destroyed the building along with 27 automobiles inside. Officials have labeled the fire suspicious. Companies assigned: 1st alarm: E3,11,1,L1,Sn1,R1,Medic1, C-4 & 8, E5 (safety company).2nd alarm: E9,13,L3,C-1,2 & 9. 3rd alarm: E2,Medic6, & C-7. Special call: Medic4, E12.
----100800: At 0928 hours box 353, Front and Greenwich streets was transmitted for a dwelling fire at 527 McKnight street. Companies arrived at 0931 hours to find a fire involving the front porch of a 3 story M.O.R occupied dwelling. Companies quickly extinguished the fire and vented heavy smoke from the structure, bringing the fire under control at 0938 hours. No injuries were reported and a damage estimate was unavailable. Officials said the fire was deliberately set. Companies assigned: E8,9,13,L2 & 3, R2, Medic1, C-7 & 8 (no safety company assigned due to other calls and units still operating at the 3rd).