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Fast-Moving Fire Guts Bodega on 9th Street in Reading
By JASON BATZ
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Occupants flee this building at 9th & Elm Streets in Reading. A rapidly spreading fire sent a large volume of smoke into the area.
Firefighters prepare to enter this burning corner store at 9th & Elm Streets in Reading.
By Jason Batz
Reading Firefighters responded to this fire at 9th & Elm Streets during the morning of January 7th.
Reading, PA - On Monday, January 7th, dispatchers at the Berks County Department of Emergency Services 911 center began taking calls from several people reporting smoke pouring from a bodega at 9th and Elms Streets.
With companies responding on Box 0102, Chief Mogel (Car 2) arrived with smoke showing from a three-story EOR bodega. A large volume of smoke hung in the area, hampering vision while crews stretched hose lines into place. A line was charged and advanced into the store, knocking down fire overhead. Ladder crews set up for aerial operations and made a search of the second and third floors. A second line was stretched into the second floor of the building in case of fire extension.
The bulk of the fire was knocked down at 11:01 A.M., and all searches were clear. Crews overhauled the affected areas of the store while the fire marshal's office began their investigation. No injuries were reported.
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