At 18:10 on June 26, 2018 the GFC and West Reading Co. 64 received a dispatched for wires and a tree burning on Rt. 183 between North and South Tulpehocken Road.
Upon arrival the Engine 55 crew found that a 14 kV line had shorted out in a tree and was causing a minor tree fire. Shortly thereafter the tree fire self-extinguished.
The Engine 55 crew closed southbound Rt. 183 at North Tulpehocken Road while the West Reading Engine 64 crew closed northbound Rt. 183 at South Tulpehocken Road. Shortly thereafter traffic control was turned over to Bern Township Fire Police until Met-Ed arrived.
Power was out on the west side of Rt. 183, and as of this writing was expected to be restored by 21:30.
Asst. Chief Eric Thrush
FF Dylan Heckman
FF Dylan Noll
FF Mahlon Aucker
FF Mike Burger
Jr. FF Eli Pagan
Fire Police Patrolman Donny Sando
Photographer Steve Spies