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Reading Fire Department Responds Swiftly to Dwelling Morning Fire.


Reading, PA:

The Reading Fire Department is releasing the following information: At approximately 08:00am this morning, the Reading Fire Department swiftly responded to a report of a dwelling fire at 1323 Spruce St. The first unit, Car 1, arrived on the scene within 3 minutes to find heavy fire throughout the 3-story dwelling. Fortunately, the lone occupant had already evacuated the house. The fire had also extended to adjoining properties, 1321 & 1325. All occupants of 1321 were safely evacuated, while 1325 was vacant.

In response to the severity of the situation, Car 1 promptly escalated the incident to a 2nd alarm, bringing in remaining on-duty companies and mutual aid. Firefighters worked diligently, and the heaviest fire was under control in approximately 30 minutes. Extensive overhaul efforts were required due to void spaces and the roof area, prompting the call for a 3rd alarm to bring in fresh personnel, including backfilled city companies and additional mutual aid companies. The fire was ultimately brought under control around 09:30am.

A 76-year-old occupant of 1323 Spruce Street was transported to Tower Health by City EMS for minor burns. One firefighter experienced a medical issue and was also transported to Tower Health; both individuals are currently in stable condition.

The Red Cross is aiding the occupants of 1321 Spruce Street. All responding companies successfully cleared the scene by 12:30pm. The Fire Marshal's office remains on-site to investigate.