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Prognosis 'good' for 2 people still hospitalized after fire

3rd person treated, released from hospital

READING, Pa. - Two people who were injured in a fire that damaged a row of homes in Reading last week remained hospitalized Monday.

The victims -- a 26-year-old man with 2nd-degree burns and a 15-year-old girl with smoke inhalation -- were last reported to be in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown.

Their prognosis is good, according to Reading Fire Marshal Jeremy Searfoss.

A third person was treated at Reading Hospital for a high level of carbon monoxide in his blood, but he has since been released, Searfoss said.

The fire last Thursday morning displaced 16 people from their homes in the 300 block of Hollenbach Street. Investigators said the cause of the fire is likely cooking-related.


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