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Firefighters Put Out Fires at Same Address 2 Days in a Row

Reading Eagle

June 01, 2011

For the second time within nine hours, firefighters in eastern Berks County were called to a two-alarm fire at the same address.

Crews responded about 3:15 this morning to a duplex in the first block of Ehst Road in Washington Township for what emergency dispatchers called a rekindle of the fire that started shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire officials struck a second alarm because more manpower was needed, according to dispatchers.

Some firefighters remain on the scene.

There were no reports of injuries.

A malfunctioning grill started the initial fire Tuesday night. Two firefighters were taken to area hospitals for heat-related problems.

Their names and information on their conditions was unavailable.

The fire, which started in the house at 3 Ehst Road, displaced a total of eight people who lived there and in the adjoining dwelling at 5 Ehst Road, Chief Matt Bakes of the Barto Fire Company said.

He did not immediately know their names.

Firefighters needed about 20 minutes to control the initial fire, which started in a gas grill that was next to the house at 3 Ehst Road, Bakes said. The fire spread up the side of the three-story house to the attic. Flames had spread across both attics by the time firefighters arrived.

A neighbor saw the fire and called for help at about 6:15.

Firefighters were told to only work 15-minute shifts because of the heat. Local emergency companies provided water, towels and chairs to help cool down the volunteers.

Firefighters also assisted an elderly man out of the first floor of 3 Ehst Road, Bakes said.

Responding fire companies included Barto, Seisholtzville, Bechtelsville, Bally, Hereford, Boyertown, New Berlinville and Earl Township, plus Montgomery County companies from Sassamansville, Gilbertsville and Pennsburg.

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