These incidents occurred in Reading over the past weeks. (I was unable to get companies assigned or exact times for some incidents so times are approximate & only list the 1st due engine companies local.)
----111802 & 111902: A short arson & vandalism spree kept firefighters and police busy on the city's westside for a few hours these dates. In addition to these arson fires (all in E-11's local),numerous homes were also vandalized in the same area.
At 2030 hours box 74, Schuylkill Ave. & W.Greenwich St.,AOF 610 Gordon street. 2&1/2 story vacant E.O.R. dwelling with numerous fires set inside. Under control time was 2040. Companies assigned: E11,3,1,L1,Sn1,R1,M-1,C-7,E5(safety Co.)At 2055 hours a firebombed auto with extension to a wooden carport @ rear of 658 Gordon street. At 2140 hours a firebombed auto @ Miltimore & W.Greenwich streets. At 2152 hours a firebombed auto @ rear of 610 Gordon street. At 2350 hours a firebombed tractor trailer @ Gordon & W.Oley streets. At approximately 0130 hours, police arrested 2 suspects after they set numerous fires in 610 Gordon street again. Police were able to extinguish the fires in the incipient stage and the FD was not dispatched.
----111902: At 1222 hours box 24, Orange & Chestnut streets, AOF rear of 1034 Chestnut street. Fire in a 1 story M.O.R. frame garage. Under control time was 1230 hours. Companies assigned: E13,1,5,Sn1,L1,R1,M-1, C-4 & 9,E9(safety Co.)
----112802: At around 1830 hours box 39, 5th & Washington streets, AOF 311-13 Washington street. Heavy fire showing 3rd floor of two (2) vacant 3 story semi-attached dwellings. Buildings were site of previous fires and exterior master streams were utilized. Under control time was around 1930 hours. Fire was in E-3's local.
----112902: Around 2000 hours box 75, Schuylkill Ave. & W.Windsor St., AOF 826 Schuylkill Avenue. 2&1/2 story M.O.R. dwelling, fire in 2nd floor bedroom. Under control time was unknown. Fire was in E-11's local.
----120102: Around 1500 hours box 712, Schuylkill Ave. & Lehigh St.,AOF 1206 Avenue C. 2 story project home, fire in 2nd floor bedroom. Under control time was unknown. Fire was in E-11's local.
----120602: Around 1000 hours box 123, 6th & Franklin streets, AOF rear of 212 S. 6th street. Fire in a 2 story frame garage. Under control time was around 1030 hours. Fire was in E-5's local. **While operating at this scene E-1, a city police car, and 2 civilian autos were struck by juveniles driving a stolen vehicle. The youths attempted to flee on foot but were apprehended by police with the assitance of firefighters. Damage to E-1 was minor. Firefighters would also pull police duty again on this day after they assisted police in subduing a hammer wielding man involved in a DUI accident at Rose & Walnut streets.
----same date: Around 1400 hours box 236, 18th St. & Mineral Spring Rd., AOF rear of 1732 Klein Avenue. Fire in a 1 story garage. Under control time was around 1420 hours. Fire was in E-13's local.
----120802: Around 1100 hours box 531, 10th & Amity streets, AOF 1259 N. 10th street. 3 story M.O.R. dwelling, fire in the kitchen with 2 civilian burn injuries. Under control time was unknown. Fire was in E-9's local.
----120902: Around 1330 hours box 49, 12th & Buttonwood streets, AOF 438 Birch street. 2&1/2 story M.O.R. dwelling, fire in the attic extended down into 2nd floor and exsposure 2. (A similar attached). Under control time was around 1400 hours. Fire was in E-1's local.
----121002: Around 2100 hours box 47, 10th & Green streets, AOF rear of 633 Mulberry street. Fire in a 1 story frame garage. Under control time was unknown. Fire was in E-9's local.
----121802: Around 2000 hours box 141, 5th & Franklin streets, AOF 516 Franklin street. 3 story M.O.R. multiple dwellling, fire in 2nd floor apartment. Under control time was around 2030 hours. 2 firefighters treated for minor injuries. Fire was in E-3's local.