Firefighter injured, 4 people rescued in 2-alarm fire in Reading

One firefighter was injured and four people were rescued during a two-alarm fire that took place in the 700 block of Franklin Street Tuesday afternoon.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40pm with initial reports of a person trapped on the third floor and occupants getting out from of the windows of the building.

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Upon arrival, crews found heavy fire inside and quickly called for a second alarm.

According to Reading Fire Chief James Stoudt, firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire to search for those possibly still inside. Reaching the third floor, firefighters did not find anyone trapped, instead learning that a resident jumped from the third floor window to the rear roof prior to their arrival. The resident was rescued from the rear roof by firefighters via a latter.

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A second adult and two kids were able to get out of the residence. Officials say they were not injured.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries during the blaze, which officials described as burns to the neck and back. The firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The fire was placed under control within the hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the office of the Fire Marshal.

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