Man Dies in Abandoned House Fire in Pennsylvania

Firefighters fell through the floors in Reading.
(WFMZ, YouTube)

Firefighters fall through floor at Reading fire

FirefighterNation Staff

READING, Pennsylvania – WFMZ reports that a fire in Reading on Sunday left one person dead and sent a few firefighters through a collapsing floor.

Firefighters discovered the body of an unidentified man on the first floor.

“It has been abandoned for a number of years,” Fire Marshal Jeremy Searfoss told WFMZ. “There’s no utilities in the building. It looks like it was lived in to some extent, maybe not legally.”

“Our crews went to work, and in the process of trying to extinguish the fire, we had some issues with members going through floors, falling through floors.”

The Berks County coroner said a blood test showed the individual was alive when the fire started, and stated that smoke inhalation was a contributing factor in the man’s death.

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