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Police Officers Come Across Building Fire in Reading

By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | October 26, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 102920112

Reading, PA - Around 10:15 P.M. on Monday, October 26th, Reading Police Officers were traveling in the area of 10th and Walnut Streets when they discovered smoke coming from the first floor of an apartment building.

A box alarm was transmitted, sending companies to 201 North 10th Street. Chief Moyer (Car 7) arrived with fire throughout the first floor of a three-story OMD, and several police cars blocking access. Engine 3, previously responding to a carbon monoxide alarm, was redirected to the incident and arrived first-due.

Firefighters quickly deployed a line and put a quick hit on the fire. Police Officers restrained an injured man from reentering the building and noted that he had suffered burns to his body. Paramedics moved the victim to an ambulance and transported him to Reading Hospital.

Crews searched the upper floors of the building for occupants. All of the occupants escaped safely, with the exception of three cats who were located and brought out to their owners.

The fire was placed under control approximately 20 minutes later. No other injuries were reported, and the Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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