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Firefighters battle blaze between Boyertown, Oley

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
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Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:51:30 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 05 2014 03:12:21 PM CDT

Firefighters from Berks and Montgomery counties joined forces to battle a 2-alarm fire at a house near Boyertown.

EARL TWP., Pa. -

Firefighters from Berks and Montgomery counties joined forces to battle a two-alarm fire at a home near Boyertown.

"I saw yellow smoke out the back of the kitchen door and then I went out on the deck and looked and there was just lots of smoke coming out of the house. So it was kind of a scary sight," said Jessica Burker, neighbor.

The fire was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. at 1234 Manatawny Rd. in Earl Township, not far from Route 73. Investigators say the fire was caused by an electrial problem.

Heavy smoke poured from the home as firefighters battled the flames.

"Pretty terrifying. I am kind of freaked out about it," said Burker.

When firefighters first arrived, they struck a second alarm to bring in more manpower and a tanker task force, but even after they began fighting the blaze, heavy smoke continued billowing from the home.

"It was an extremely hot fire, and due to the weather conditions, crews were being burned out pretty fast. We had to pull them out a couple times and regroup until they got the fire knocked down," said First Assistant Chief Darrin Hoffa, Earl Township Fire Company.

It left neighbors afraid for their own homes and lives.

"Our porch started getting filled up with smoke so we went running out," said Scot Wade, neighbor.

"I was afraid the siding was going to start melting, but so far, everything is good. They have done a great job," said Karen Burker, neighbor.

Crews pulled three cats from the burning home and had to revive one of them.

There were also reports that they pulled a charred American flag from the blaze, which they later displayed on one of their fire trucks.

"It is sad whenever anybody has a fire, especially when it is one of your neighbors," said Wade.

Thankfully, no one was home at the time of the fire.

"I am just glad everybody is safe and everybody is taking precautions, getting water when they need it. So it is a good thing seeing everybody OK," said Burker.