Firefighters battle fire at Burger King restaurant in Muhlenberg

Firefighter taken to hospital for treatment of smoke-related illness

Firefighters battle fire at Burger King in Muhlenberg

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - Firefighters made quick work of a fire that damaged the Burger King in Muhlenberg Twp., Berks Co., forcing the restaurant to close until further notice.

The call came in around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday for a reported fire and smoke filling the building, located at the North 5th Street Highway and Bellevue Avenue, said James Pollock Jr., the township's fire marshal and a detective with the Muhlenberg Township Police Dept.

Firefighters from Goodwill of Hyde Park, Temple, Central of Laureldale and Spring Township responded to the scene.

The crews arrived to find a fire inside the southwest corner of the restaurant and extending into the ceiling. They quickly went to work, keeping the fire from spreading beyond where it already was, Pollock said.

Investigators still haven't determined what sparked the fire, which caused approximately $5,000 in damage. Smoke damage will likely push the total above $10,000, Pollock said.

Township health officials responded to assess damage to food from the smoke and soot. 

The Burger King will remain closed until the damage is cleaned up and the health department clears it to reopen, Pollock said.

A Central firefighter was transported to Reading Hospital for treatment of a heat-related illness, officials said.

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