Fire badly damages home near Bernville; dog escapes unharmed

Crews able to stop flames from gutting whole home

PENN TWP., Pa. - A fire caused extensive damage to a home in Berks County on Monday.

Firefighters were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. to the first block of Old Shartlesville Road in Penn Township, north of Bernville.

The first crews on the scene arrived to find a home's attached three-car garage fully involved in flames. They quickly went to work in an attempt to stop the flames from spreading and to save the rest of the 2-1/2-story home.

By the time the fire was out, only a charred shell remained of the garage, with flames, smoke, and water having caused extensive damage to the rest of the house.

According to the Mt. Pleasant Fire Company, the preliminary investigation suggests the fire was accidental, however, there’s no word on the exact cause because of the severity of the damage.

No one was home at the time except the family dog, which escaped unharmed when firefighters arrived and let the it out.

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