A little before 0830 on Wednesday morning engine 25 and engine tanker 25 were dispatched to the area of W Neversink for a report of heavy black smoke in the area. An off duty Reading city firefighter arrived on scene and confirmed it to be a working fire, with fire showing from the garage. Prior to the arrival of the first in engine the homeowners were forced out of the residence due to deteriorating conditions outside. One home owner was forced to bail out of the 2nd story rear window of the home. The house was set back a few hundred feet of the road and up hill. A second alarm was struck for manpower. Engine 25 laid a 5 inch supply line from the front of station 25-2 to the driveway of the residence. The crew from engine 25 stretched multiple leader lines from the engine to be able reach the house. The foot and a half of snow did make it easy to reach the top delaying the arrival of water to the fire. Multiple handlines were stretched to the front door and the garage as the fire was spreading to the rest of the residence. The fire was brought under control in about an hour, all of the crews and mutual aide involved did an amazing job in bring the incident under control even with all of the problems that were faced throughout. Companies on scene were 25 (Exeter), 4 (Lower Alsace), 1 (Mt. Penn), 23 (Gibraltar), City of Reading Fire, 64 (West Reading) 36 (Shillington), 7, (Birdsboro).