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Second-Alarm Transmitted at Vacant House in Reading

By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | July 17, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 071820110

Reading, PA - On the evening of Friday, July 17th, dispatchers from the Berks County DES call center began receiving multiple calls reporting a house on fire at Greenwich and Pear Streets.

Engine 7 arrived at a three-story EOR vacant building with fire showing from the rear. With the building boarded up, firefighters attacked the fire from the outside until the arrival of a ladder company. Crews began working on removing the plywood coverings and placing portable ladders.

Crews stretched hose lines into the structure and began a search. Neighbors advised that a homeless individual may possibly still be inside. Crews reported the fire extended into the third floor and roof.

With temperatures in the mid-high 90's, Deputy Chief Stoudt (Car 4) requested a second-alarm. All searches were clear, and the fire was placed under control at 6:13 P.M.

Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, with some transported to Reading Hospital. Units from Spring, West Reading, and Muhlenberg Township assisted. The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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