Fire­fight­ers re­spond to fire at Bally busi­ness

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF EAST­ERN BERKS FIRE COM­PANY

The East­ern Berks Fire De­part­ment was dis­patched for a work­ing struc­ture fire with re­ports indi­cat­ing smoke coming from an over­head door at Bally Block Co. at South 7th Street at ap­prox­i­mately 10:30 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, May 10.

A truck trailer was wedged into the build­ing with piles of saw­dust and brake lines that had been burned off by the fire. Crews found fire in a trailer in­volv­ing saw­dust and in­su­la­tion on the walls and ceil­ings. Berks/Mont Tow­ing re­moved the trailer from the build­ing af­ter the bulk of the fire was knocked down. A truck trac­tor from Ed­dinger Propane, was then able to hook onto the trailer and move the smol­der­ing load away from the build­ing, in or­der for crews to gain ac­cess to the struc­ture’s in­te­rior.

There was still a great deal of smoke, as well as burn­ing em­bers fall­ing from the ceil­ing. Ex­ten­sive over­haul was per­formed. East­ern Berks Fire was back at the sta­tion at ap­prox­i­mately 3 a.m. It took crews an­other hour to put the trucks back in ser­vice.

East­ern Berks was as­sisted by East Greenville Fire De­part­ment, Penns­burg Fire De­part­ment, New Hanover Fire and Res­cue, Here­ford Fire Com­pany, Bally EMS and Ma­cungie EMS (re­hab unit).

Fire­fight­ers were at the scene of a fire at Bally Block Co. for nearly five hours Wed­nes­day night into Thursday morn­ing.

Piles of saw­dust that were on fire at Bally Block Co.

Smoke bil­lows from the Bally Block Co. build­ing as fire­figters ar­rive Wed­nes­day night, May 10.

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