Fires force dozens from homes in Reading

Nearly 30 people forced out by fires in Oakbrook, North 11th streets

Fires in Reading

READING, Pa. - Fast moving fires forced dozens of people into the streets Saturday night in Reading. 

The first fire broke out on South 11th Street, the second in the Oakbrook Homes on Pershing Blvd.

Twenty-six people were forced out of their homes by a two-alarm fire in the 1000 block of Pershing Blvd. 

A man who lives at 1051 Pershing Blvd. told 69 News he was preheating his oven just after 8:30 p.m. when he heard an explosion and a fire broke out.  The other 5 homes in the block were all damaged. 

The American Red Cross and the Reading Housing Authority are helping the 26 people from the six homes with temporary housing.  Fire officials say the housing authority is hoping to be able to move people back into three of the homes Sunday.  Crews from several surrounding fire departments responded to help fight the fire. 

The Reading Fire Marshal's office is investigating the fire.

The fire on South 11th Street was reported just before the Pershing Blvd fire.  Fire officials say the fire started in the bedroom at the rear of the second floor at 312 S. 11th Street.  They say a man and woman live there.  The American Red Cross is assisting them with temporary housing.

The home at 314 S. 11th Street also suffered smoke and water damage, and two people who live there were not expected to be able to spend the night in their home. 

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