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Call history
Fire Alarm Activation Signals Working Fire
Monday, January 10th, 2022

13:42 hrs / 701 Walnut Street / Box 0103 / C Platoon

The automatic fire alarm sounded from the location noted - Reading Center Plus - a large, 4-story commercial furniture store of heavy timber construction. Initial indications were a smoke detector activation in the area of the ground floor kitchen. Engine 1, Tower 1, and Car 9 (DC Glore) arrived and began an investigation into the nature of the alarm activation. Crews were immediately met with an odor of smoke which was indicative of Class A (i.e. paper, wood) combustibles. A persistent smoke condition was found on the lower floors, the origin of which was not immediately apparent. Car 9 then requested that the first alarm assignment be filled-out.

Engine 1 secured a positive water supply as two 1 3/4" handlines were stretched - one into the basement area and one into the first floor, where smoke was now intensifying. Engine 1 also stretched a 4" line to the Fire Department Connection as a precaution. As firefighters began to open void spaces in the area of the initial smoke detector activation, a fire was found burning along a massive beam in the basement. In order to check the spread of the flames, multiple layers of flooring were opened on the first floor in the showroom of the store in a labor-intensive process using several saws.

The fire, which was placed under control at 14:50 hrs., was generally confined to the area of origin. The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating.

This building, when operating as the M. J. Earl warehouse, was heavily damaged in general alarm fire on November 29, 1955. Box 36 was transmitted at 15:15 hrs for that fire.

AFA - 13:42 hrs

Engine 1, Tower 1, Car 9 (DC Glore)

Box 0103 - 13:55 hrs

Engines: 3, 5, 9

Ladder 1

Rescue 2 (Lt. Kuhn), Medic 3, Car 9 (DC J. Stoudt, Jr), OFM - FM 10 (Searfoss), Car 23 (Lt. Zulick), Car 24 (Lt. Litzenberger), Car 25 (Lt. Naylor)

Fire Alarm Activation Signals Working Fire
Fire Alarm Activation Signals Working Fire
Fire Alarm Activation Signals Working Fire
FF/EMT Wm. Lomnychuk
Fire Alarm Activation Signals Working Fire
Fire Alarm Activation Signals Working Fire
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0203 Hours/ 609 Summit Ave/ Box 0402/ A Platoon-Companies were dispatched for reports of smoke coming from a house. Engine 5 arrived to find smoke coming from a 2 story stand alone, and Car 2 declared a working fire.
Sunday, June 5th, 2022
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1521hrs / 120 W Buttonwood St / Box 0301 / B PlatoonAfter receiving multiple calls, the box was transmitted for a garage on fire. Crews arrived with fire showing from a 1 story stand-alone garage. Engine 3 stretched from the front, while Engine 1 stretched down the alley to the rear.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
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02:43 / Oak Lane & Union Street / C PlatoonThe brush assignment was dispatched to the location noted for a reported brush fire extending approximately 150' off the roadway and into the mountain.
Thursday, March 31st, 2022
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13:51 hrs / 215 Linden Street / Box 01-04 / C PlatoonCar 9, along with Engine 1 and Ladder 2 (running for Tower 1) were dispatched to the location noted for a report of electrical wires burning close to the property.
Monday, January 10th, 2022
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13:42 hrs / 701 Walnut Street / Box 0103 / C PlatoonThe automatic fire alarm sounded from the location noted - Reading Center Plus - a large, 4-story commercial furniture store of heavy timber construction.
Wednesday, January 5th, 2022
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02:08 hrs / 521 South 18th Street / Box 0602 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of smoke from the attic of the address noted. Engine 1 arrived reporting a 3-story duplex with smoke showing from the 3rd floor and declared a working fire.
Saturday, November 20th, 2021
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0745 hrs / 136 Greenwich Street / Box 0704 / B/D PlatoonsDuring the morning shift change, the box was transmitted for multiple calls of a house on fire at 136 Greenwich St. Berks County Communications advised Car 5 that they could see a column from the Courthouse cameras.
Thursday, November 18th, 2021
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21:25 hrs / 121 West Elm Street / Box 0301 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of the living room in the home on fire at the address noted. Engine 3 arrived at a 3-story end-of-the-row dwelling with heavy fire from the 1st floor extending to the 2nd.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
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19:26 hrs / River Road @ Baer Park / C PlatoonEngine 7 was dispatched to the area of the tennis courts at Baer Park for a what was initially reported to be a brush fire. Medic 1 was in the area and quickly verified that it was a working vehicle fire.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
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2130 Hours/ 1703 Perkiomen Ave/ Box 601/ A platoon-The box was transmitted for multiple callers reporting a house on fire in the 1700 Block of Perkiomen Ave. While enroute, Car 8 reported he had smoke showing and requested the back up chief respond into the city.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
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2040 Hours/ 400 block of Spruce Street/ A platoon-Companies were dispatched for reports of a vehicle on fire and arrived in the 400 block of Spruce Street to find a well involved sedan with exposures. The fire was quickly knocked and contained to the vehicle of origin.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
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09:01 hrs / 27 South 11th Street / Box 0103 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of a shed on fire to the rear of 27 South 11th Street. Multiple calls were being received as smoke was visible throughout the city.
Friday, October 22nd, 2021
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22:46 Hours/ 560 Pike Street/ Box 0703/ A Platoon-The box was transmitted for smoke coming from a window frame. Engine 7 arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the 2nd floor window. Crews found fire had extended from the 2nd floor window frame up to the bay window roof and 3rd floor.
Friday, October 15th, 2021
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12:13 Hours/ 145 N 6th Street/ Box 0103/ C Platoon-Engine 3 crew was in front of 145 N 6th Street when they noticed smoke pushing out of basement vent. Engine 3 notified Car 1 they were investigating a smoke condition at the Haven Behavior building.
Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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1355 Hours/ 1300 Block of Orchard Rd/ C Platoon-The rescue assignment was sent to the 1300 block of Orchard Rd for a male impaled on a fence. Medic 3 was in the area and quickly arrived on scene, confirmed the report, and started ALS treatment of the patient.
Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
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11:05 Hours/ 407 Elm Street/ Box 301/ A PlatoonThe box was transmitted for reports of black smoke coming from a residence. Ladder 1 arrived on scene with smoke showing, reported 2 people were trapped on the 3rd floor, and requested a second medic truck be dispatched.
Friday, October 8th, 2021
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0853 Hours/ 1248 Church Street/ B Platoon-Engine 7 and Ladder 3 were dispatched for a vehicle fire in the 1200 block of Church Street. Crews arrived to find 2 vehicles involved with a running fuel fire.
Tuesday, October 5th, 2021
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17:49 hrs / 1716 Cotton Street / Box 06-02 / D PlatoonAs shift change was underway that Tuesday evening, the box was transmitted for a reported structure fire with entrapment. Multiple calls were being received for the location with Berks DES advising that they had smoke visible in the area from th...
Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
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15:28 hrs / Rear 532 Locust Street / Box 01-01 / C PlatoonThe box was transmitted for a report of smoke in the alley in the area of the 1100 Block of Green Street. Engine 1 reported smoke in the area on the approach.
Monday, September 27th, 2021
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1506 Hours/ 29 South 9th Street/ Box 103/ A Platoon-Companies were dispatched to 29 South 9th Street for reports of "a lot of fire showing" from the 2nd floor rear porch. Car 8 arrived and reported a 3 story MOR with smoke showing in the rear.

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