Reading (PA) Firefighters Recall Fatal YMCA Fire

Firefighter carrying a ladder

A 1985 fire claimed the lives of a firefighter and three YMCA residents and badly burned two other firefighters, reports Reading Eagle.

On the 35th anniversary of the fire, retired chief Boyer and Deputy Chief Gary Mogel relived that fateful day during a recent session at the firefighter’s museum.

The fire was intentionally set by Tracy L. Pietrovito, a 17-year-old, who was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in a Pennsylvania prison.

In 2017, he was resentenced to 33 years to life in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that ruled life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional. He remains incarcerated.