These fires occurred in Reading over the past few days:
----031601: At 1229 hours box 241, 9th and Franklin streets was transmitted for a reported building fire in the 900 block of Franklin street. Companies arrived at 1230 hours to find heavy smoke showing from the 1st floor of a 3 story E.O.R. apartment building at 914 Franklin street. Companies used 2-1&3/4-inch lines to bring the fire involving the 1st floor under control by 1253 hours. No injuries were reported in the fire which caused $35,000 damage and left 7 people homeless. The fire was caused by an unattended candle left burning. Companies assigned: E1,3,5,L2,L1,R1,M-2, C-1, 3 & 6, E13(safety company)
----032601: At 2210 hours box 46, 9th and Buttonwood streets was transmitted for a reported garage fire in the rear of the 900 block of Buttonwood street. Companies arrived at 2211 hours to find fire showing from the 1st floor of a 2 story garage to the rear of 340 N. 10th street. Companies brought the fire which extended to the 2nd floor under control with a 1&3/4-inch line by 2220 hours. No injuries were reported and a damage estimate was unavailable. The fire has been labeled suspicious. Companies assigned: E1,9,3,L3,L2,R1,M-3, C-5 & 7, E13(safety company)
----033001: At 0903 hours box 47, 10th and Green streets was transmitted for a reported dwelling fire with entrapment in the 500 block of Mulberry street. Companies observed a large loom-up 2 blocks west of the location and arrived at 0906 hours to find a 3 story apartment building to the rear of a 2&1/2 story row dwelling at 526 Moss street with heavy fire showing 1st floor. A 2nd alarm was quickly struck as firefighters stretched lines through alleyways and entered the building to search via a fire escape despite live wires down and arcing. Companies located 2 children ages 2 & 3 on the 3rd floor despite extremely heavy smoke conditions and removed them to waiting EMS personnel. The children were transported to local medical centers and later pronounced dead. The fire was brought under control with numerous 1&3/4-inch lines by 1030 hours. The childrens mother was listed in critical condition with smoke inhalation and 1 firefighter suffered a burn injury. An adjoining factory on the exposure 4 side suffered fire damage.Damage was estimated at $25,000 and the cause of the fire has been determined to be a stove burner left on unattended. Officials cited delays as possible factors in the fire--the childrens mother attempted to fight the fire before calling a relative on the phone for help. The relative in turn called 9-1-1 to report the fire and gave the wrong street. Companies assigned: 1st alarm: E1,8,5,L1,R1,M-1, C-1 & 4. Special call: E13(safety company). 2nd alarm: E3,11,14,L2,L3,M-4, C-2,8 & 9. Special call: M-2 & 3

[This message has been edited by RdgFire (edited 03-30-2001).]

[This message has been edited by RdgFire (edited 04-01-2001).]