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Call history
2nd Alarm for Double-Fatal Fire on Schuylkill Avenue
Thursday, March 5th, 2020

20:57 hrs / 766 Schuylkill Avenue / Box 0704 / C Platoon

The box was transmitted for multiple calls reporting a fire at the address noted. Additional calls reported individuals trapped both in the home and on the roof with the possibility of gunfire, which proved to be unfounded. Engine 7 arrived with heavy fire from the first floor of a 3-story, middle-of-the-row dwelling with fire running the porches of the similar attached row homes. Car 4 (J. Stoudt, Jr.) arrived with one home fully involved with exposures issues and reports of entrapment. Car 4 established command and requested the 2nd alarm.

Crews advanced handlines into the home and via the interior stairwell to both knock-down the bulk of the fire and to facilitate searches. In addition to the fire on the first floor, fire was found to be front to back in the home on both the 2nd and 3rd floors as well. Ladder 1 placed their aerial ladder in service and firefighters from both Ladder 1 and Tower 1 began rooftop ventilation efforts. In addition to Engine 7, Engine 3 established a positive water supply and advanced handlines. Engine 9 positioned in the rear and also stretched a hoseline to the fire building.

Firefighters found the stairs leading to both the 2nd and 3rd floors to be seriously compromised due to fire damage. This situation was mitigated by placing fire department ladders over the stairs in order to bridge the weakened portions. As searches progressed, crews located two civilian victims who, unfortunately, did not survive the fire. The Office of the Fire Marshal was notified and the necessary protocols were implemented.

The fire was placed under control with extensive overhaul at 21:58 hours. 5 handlines were stretched and operated. There was heavy fire damage to all three floors of 766 Schuylkill Avenue with extension to the adjoining homes at 764 and 768 as well. In addition to the two civilian fatalities, there was also one civilian injury. 5 firefighters were injured with 4 of those transported to the hospital for treatment. The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating. Condolences are offered to the family of the victims.

The second alarm brought the remaining city engine and truck as well as county mutual aid companies. Recalled off-duty city firefighters placed reserve apparatus in service and later back-filled positions for those injured on the fireground.

1st Alarm

Engines - 7, 3, 9, 1; Ladders - 1, 3; Rescue 1, Medics 4 and 1; Car 4 (J. Stoudt, Jr); Car 9 (Glore)

2nd Alarm

Engine 5; Tower 1; Medic 3; Car 7 (Moyer); Car 5 (Banks); Car 1 (W. Stoudt); FM 10 (Searfoss); Car 25 (J. Miller); RFD Canteen 1

West Reading Engine 64; Greenfields Engine 55; Spring Township Rescue 85

Off-Duty City firefighters placed Reserve Apparatus in service while Car 3 (Kemery) covered the City.

WFMZ News Coverage

Reading Eagle Newspaper Coverage

* As crews were still wrapping-up from the Schuylkill Avenue fire, Engine 7, Engine 9, Rescue 1, Medic 1, and Car 3 (Kemery) handled a single-vehicle accident with entrapment on Route 12 in the area of the CarTech plant at 00:27 hrs.

2nd Alarm for Double-Fatal Fire on Schuylkill Avenue
Photo Credit: FF/PM Jordan Bankert
2nd Alarm for Double-Fatal Fire on Schuylkill Avenue
Photo Credit: FF/PM Jordan Bankert
2nd Alarm for Double-Fatal Fire on Schuylkill Avenue
Photo Credit: FF/PM Jordan Bankert
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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1359 hrs / 1536 Haak Street / Box 0601 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of smoke from the self-storage facility at the location noted. Car 9 (Glore) arrived with smoke showing from the roofline of several storage units in the row.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
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1015 hours / 839 North 10th Street / Box 0902 / D platoonCompanies dispatched for fire at a laundromat. Engine 9 arrived with smoke showing from a single-story laundromat. Firefighters stretched a hose line into the building and quickly knocked down the fire.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
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1440 hours / 237 Skyline Drive, Alsace Township / B platoon Engine 9 & Ladder 3 dispatched to Alsace Township to assist with a house fire. Engine 9 arrived at a heavily involved 2½ story dwelling.
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20:57 hrs / 766 Schuylkill Avenue / Box 0704 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for multiple calls reporting a fire at the address noted. Additional calls reported individuals trapped both in the home and on the roof with the possibility of gunfire, which proved to be unfounded.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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05:33 / North 3rd & Spring Streets / C PlatoonCompanies were dispatched to the area of Centre Avenue & Spring for a report of a vehicle accident with injuries and possible entrapment with one vehicle reported to be overturned.
Monday, February 24th, 2020
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05:34 Hours/ 719 N 10th Street/ Box 903/ A Platoon-Companies were dispatched for reports of smoke and fire on the second floor of an occupied structure. Car 8 (Rehr) arrived on scene, reported smoke showing from a 3 story middle of the row, and declared a working fire.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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09:21 hrs / 821 Elm Street / Box 01-02 / C PlatoonAs companies were en-route to a vehicle accident on Route 12, the box was transmitted for a report of smoke from the roof of a house in the 300 block of Cedar Street.
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0018 Hours / Bern Twp: 414 South Tulpehocken Rd / B PlatoonE7 was dispatched along with Car 5 for a structure fire in Bern Township. County Medic 6911 reported fire throughout a 3 story large single family dwelling.
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13:40 hrs / 132 West Douglass Street / Box 0704 / B Platoon - Fire from the 3rd Floor13:47 hrs / 800 Blk Muhlenberg Street / B Platoon - Vehicle Fire Ladder 1 and Engine 3 were operating at 50 N. 4th Street ventilating smoke as a result of burned food after responding for the automatic fire al...
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
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2054 Hours/ Exeter Twp: 246 Vesper Ave/ D PlatoonEngine 1, Tower 1, and Car 7 responded to assist Exeter Township Fire Dept on a reported structure fire. Deputy 25-2 arrived on scene and reported a 40x60 shed with fire showing.
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2140 Hours/ 354 Spring Street/ Box 703/ C PlatoonBox 703 was dispatched for smoke in the residence. E7 arrived on scene along with Car 4 who confirmed smoke in the residence with an odor of Class A materials.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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1602 hours / 1315 Monroe Avenue, Wyomissing Borough / C platoonEngine 3 requested to Wyomissing Borough for a garage fire. The engine and Car 4 (Stoudt) operated for over 30 minutes. More Photos
Monday, January 20th, 2020
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1304 Hours / 141 Peach Street / Box 103 / A Platoon. Companies were dispatched for smoke coming from the basement. E1 arrived to find fire around the exterior cellar doors. Crews stretched a booster line and extinguished the fire.
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
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0929 hours / 1318 Olive Street / Box 0902 / D platoonCompanies dispatched for a basement fire. Engine 9 arrived with smoke showing from a 2 story SFD. Firefighter stretched a line into the dwelling and located a basement fire.
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0223 hours / 257 Elm Street, Saint Lawrence Borough / D platoonEngine 1 requested to assist on a house fire. Central Berks Police Officers on the scene with a working fire. With several of the suburban companies reporting manpower issues, the Rescue, Medic, and Tower 1 were dispatched at 0224.
Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
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2028 hours / 107 South 3rd Street / Box 0302 / B platoonCompanies dispatched for smoke on the second floor. Engine 3 arrived at a 3 story occupied MD with smoke showing from the rear. Firefighters observed a woman in a front apartment unable to escape due to the smoke.
Monday, December 23rd, 2019
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0624 hrs / 208 Chestnut Street / Box 03-02 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of an industrial oven on fire at the location noted. Companies arrived with smoke in the building. Facility personnel directed fire department members to an oven used to form plastic from molds.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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0015 hours / Neversink Alley / D platoonEngine 6 & Ladder 1 dispatched for a vehicle on fire behind 60 Neversink Street. Engine 6 arrived with a vehicle fully involved. The fire was placed under control at 0026.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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1351 hours / 346 North 5th Street / Box 0301 / A platoonCompanies dispatched for a dwelling fire. Car 8 (Rehr) arrived with a 3 story MOR with fire showing from a bay window on the second floor. Firefighters stretched a hose line into the building and stopped the fire in a second-floor front apartme...
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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1942 hours / 438 Greenwich Street / Box 0704 / B PlatoonMoments after Engine 6, Ladder 1, and Car 6 were dispatched for a fully involved vehicle fire in southeast Reading, the box dropped for the area of 5th & Greenwich Sts for a kitchen fire.

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