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June 9, 2021

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 1256 a.m., the Department of Fire and Rescue Service responded to a report of a structure fire with entrapment at 327 Linden Street. RPD reported that a male was trapped on the second floor of the residence. The first arriving units met with RPD Officers on location attempting to rescue the victim. RFD members initiated an aggressive interior search for the victim while simultaneously deploying hoselines to extinguish the fire. The victim was removed by RFD members and later succumbed to his injuries at Tower Health – Reading Hospital at 1:36 AM. No RFD members were injured. One RPD Officer was transported for smoke inhalation.

The fire originated in the second floor, front bedroom. The fire was contained to the bedroom and hallway. The 2nd floor had significant smoke damage. The damage estimate is $35,000. The structure is uninhabitable until repairs are completed. The fire has been ruled Accidental.

The Department of Fire and Rescue Services would like to remind everyone by listing fire safety tips to keep every safe:

  • Smoke detector save lives. All homes should have smoke detector in every bedroom and one of every floor. If you do not have smoke detectors, please call 610-655-6080.
  • Please ensure all smoke detectors are tested monthly and less than 10 years old. If the smoke detector “chirps”, the battery or the smoke detector need to be replaced.
  • Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. Do not attempt to extinguish a fire in your home. If a fire occurs in your home, please get everyone out and call 9-1-1. Plan to have a meeting place to account for all loved ones.
  • Do not leave candles unattended. Candles should be extinguished and not used around combustible items.