Thursday July 9 turned out to be a busy one for Eastern Berks Fire.
We were dispatched to five fire calls between 1446 and 2119 hours.
- First was a working structure fire on Ruppert School Rd in Pike. See WFMZ News link Berks Fire Companies 5, 95, 1, 19, 97, 58, 49 and 565 were diaspatched at 1446 hours to the report of fire and smoke. Chief 5 confirmed working structure fire and added a 2nd Alarm for additional tankers and personnel. Fire spread from a pickup truck to a garage, to a second larger garage. Crews did a good job limiting damage on the second building at the remote fire scene. Many fire and EMS units beyond the intial dispatched were at the scene.
- While 97 were still at the structure fire, 97, 58 and Montco 38 were sent for an Automatic Alarm at a business on Main St in Bally at 1544 hours. Investigated and found nothing.
- While some 97 units were still at the structure fire, 19, 97, 49, and Chester Co 64 (on standby in 49) were sent for a structure investigation — odor of something burning in a home on Furnace Run Rd in Earl.
At 2034 hours, 97 was paged by Montg. County to respond as RIT for a Two Alarm Structure fire at Blommer Chocolates in Upper Hanover. On scene were fire departments from Montco 38, 65, 67, 71, and 42; Berks 58, 97, and 39; Bucks 57 and 75
- While three 97 units were still at Blommer, 97 was sent for RIT, along with 95 and Montco 67 for a possible Structure fire at a building on N. Reading Ave in Boyertown.
It was evidence of the strength of the department, that all calls were covered, in spite of some apparatus still being committed at other scenes.