On Thursday 2/11/2021 at 1302 hours, Boyertown Area Fire & rescue was dispatched for a garage fire at 1251 Reading Avenue in Douglass Township, Berks County. On arrival the structure was completely engulfed, and crews went into defensive mode to protect surrounding structures. There was a pickup truck and lawn tractors involved and there were propane tanks and other cylinders in the garage that did explode every so often causing a threat to firefighters. The garage was an oversized single car two story structure and the top story collapse into the exterior walls soon after crews arrived. The fire was upgraded to a second alarm for manpower due to firefighters having to deal with the intense heat and moving through the deep snow to get around the garage.
Douglass Township Public Works Supervisor assisted by using their Backhoe to pull piles of debris apart so the fire could be extinguished
The garage and attached lean to area were a complete loss.
The cause is under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshal.
Assisting at the scene were the following: Eastern Berks Fire Co., Amity Fire Co., Earl Fire Co., Monocacy Fire Co., Exeter Fire Co., and from Montgomery Co.: Gilbertsville Fire Co., New Hanover Fire Co., West Pottsgrove Fire Co., and Upper Pottsgrove Fire Co.
Douglass Township Police and Goodwill Ambulance of Pottstown.