Firefighter injured battling multi-alarm house fire in Earl

EARL TWP., Pa. - A firefighter was injured while helping to fight a two-alarm fire that gutted a home in Berks County on Thursday.

A tree branch fell and struck the Exeter Township firefighter on his head, knocking him unconscious, according to a 69 News crew on the scene of the fire in the 1100 block of Manatawny Road in Earl Township.

The firefighter, whose name has not been released, regained consciousness before being placed into an ambulance. He was last reported to be "awake and orientated" while being evaluated at Reading Hospital, according to Exeter fire Chief Robert Jordan.

It was the second time this week that firefighters from Exeter and the surrounding municipalities have been dispatched to a large fire in this area.

The blaze was reported shortly after 10 a.m. and quickly went to two alarms, as fire officials saw an urgent need for extra manpower and water. A remote fill site was set up at a creek along Spotts Mill Road as firefighters tried to save the home.

A woman who lives there was not injured, but she told 69 News that she doesn't know whether her cats were able to escape.

The scene is not far from where a barn went up in flames on Route 662 in neighboring Oley Township on Monday.



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