STOWE PA – Firefighters from Sanatoga, Upper Pottsgrove and 10 other companies and first responder units joined West End Fire Company volunteers in battling a three-alarm blaze initially reported Friday (April 7, 2017) at 4:41 a.m. at Universal Concrete Products, 400 Old Reading Pike (in map at top). The company, a fixture in Pottstown for decades, manufactures architectural and structural precast items for construction uses.
No one was reported injured. Crews remained on the scene for “interior and exterior operations” until about 7 a.m., responders said.
West Pottsgrove’s fire marshal is said to be investigating the cause of the fire. Although the building incurred some damage, greater financial losses were assigned to damaged to concrete casting, an overhead crane, wood framing, and other items, the company indicated.
West End, on its Facebook page, publicly thanked “all of our assisting agencies and crews,” and described their efforts as “very strong work.”
Responding in addition to local companies were units from Amity Fire and Rescue, Boyertown Area Fire & Rescue, Phillies Fire Company, North End Fire Co. No. 1, Empire Hook & Ladder Co., Goodwill Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1, Birdsboro-Union Fire Department, Norco Fire Company, Upper Pottsgrove Twp. Fire Co., Goodwill Fire Co. EMS & Rehab, and West Pottsgrove Police.
Companies that provided stand-by coverage for others at the fire were Monarch Fire Company, Limerick Fire Company, New Hanover Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services, and Gilbertsville Fire & Rescue Co.
Photo from Sanatoga Fire Company via Facebook; map from Google Images