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Fri. Sep 11th 2020
Members of the department gathered today with local leaders and members of the community to remember and reflect on the tragic events of 9/11. While it is hard to fathom the worst attack on American s...
Tue. Sep 1st 2020
A few photos from Retired Firefighter Albert Ash's Memorial Service. Ladder companies from West Reading Fire Company and Blandon Fire Company set up an arch for the funeral procession. Photos by T...
Tue. Sep 1st 2020
Congratulations to Firefighter Steven Johnson on his retirement after 40 years of service to the City of Reading. Following in his father's footsteps a young Steven Johnson joined Explorer Post 29...
Tue. Sep 1st 2020
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Wed. Aug 26th 2020
Our condolences to the family of Alber Ash Sr. on his recent passing. Al retired from Engine 9 in December of 1993. ViewingMonday, August 31st 6 pm to 9 pmBean Funeral Home, 1605 Rockland Street Fun...
What To Do After A Fire

What to do after a fire

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Fire DamageRecovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process. When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact. Action on some of these suggestions will need to be taken immediately.

Some actions may be needed in the future while others will be on going. The purpose of this information is to give you the assistance needed to begin rebuilding your life.


The First 24 hours

Securing Yourself and The Site.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army, to help with your immediate needs, such as:
    • temporary housing
    • food
    • medicine
    • eyeglasses
    • clothing
    • other essential items
  • Contact your insurance agent/company.


  • Do not enter the damaged site. Fires can rekindle from hidden, smoldering remains.
  • Normally, the fire department will see that utilities (water, electricity and natural gas) are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. Do not attempt to turn on utilities yourself.
  • Be watchful for structural damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and subject to collapse.
  • Food, beverages and medicine exposed to heat, smoke, soot and water should not be consumed.

Leaving Your Home

  • Contact your local police departments to let them know the site will be unoccupied.
  • In some cases it may be necessary to board up openings to discourage trespassers.
  • Beginning immediately, save receipts for any money you spend. These receipts are important in showing the insurance company what money you have spent related to your fire loss and also for verifying losses claimed on your income tax.
  • If it is safe to do so, try to locate the following items:
    • identification, such as driver's licenses and Social
      Security cards
    • insurance information
    • medication information
    • eyeglasses, hearing aids or other prosthetic devices
    • valuables, such as credit cards, bank books, cash and jewelry
  • There are many people/entities that should be notified of your
    relocation, including:
    • your insurance agent/company
    • your mortgage company (also inform them of the fire)
    • your family and friends
    • your employer
    • your child's school
    • your post office
    • any delivery services
    • your fire and police departments
    • your utility companies
  • Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is
    made. All damages are taken into consideration in developing your
    insurance claim.
  • If you are considering contracting for inventory or repair services
    discuss your plans with your insurance agent/company first.

If You Are Insured

  • Give immediate notice of the loss to the insurance company or
    the insurer's agent/company.
  • Ask the insurance company what to do about the immediate
    needs of the dwelling, such as covering doors, windows, and other
    exposed areas, and pumping out water.
  • Ask your insurance agent/company what actions are
    required of you. Some policyholders may be required to make
    an inventory of damaged personal property showing in detail the
    quantity, description and how much you paid for the items.

If You Are Not Insured

  • Your recovery from a fire loss may be based upon your own
    resources and help from your community.
  • Private organizations that may be sources of aid or information:
    • American Red Cross
    • Salvation Army
    • religious organizations
    • department of social services
    • civic organizations
    • state or municipal emergency services office
    • non-profit crisis counseling centers

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