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(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Fire crews from Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties say they battled an inferno at an apartment complex Thursday night. Dutch Wonderland is cutting back on their hours for the rest of the summer season. The Berks County Commissioners say eight workers furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic won't be returning to their jobs.

>>Nearly 100 Displaced In North Coventry Township Apartment Complex Fire

(North Coventry Twp., PA) -- Fire crews from Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties say they battled an inferno at an apartment complex Thursday night. It broke out at the Ashwood Apartments on Worth Road in North Coventry Township, Chester County. The American Red Cross says nearly 100 people may be displaced, with four taken to the hospital. Those hurt include a woman with serious burn injuries and two firefighters who suffered heat exhaustion.

>>Dutch Wonderland Closing On Tuesdays, Wednesdays For Remainder Of Summer Season

(East Lampeter Twp., PA) -- Dutch Wonderland is cutting back on their hours for the rest of the summer season. In a statement Thursday, the East Lampeter Township amusement park said it will close on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the remainder of the 2020 season. They are continuing to limit the number of people allowed inside the park at one time and are requiring guests to wear a mask.

>>Berks Commissioners Say Eight Workers Furloughed During Pandemic Won’t Return To Jobs

(Reading, PA) -- The Berks County Commissioners say eight workers furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic won't be returning to their jobs. The commissioners say those former employees have an opportunity to get other positions with the county. They also say most of the people who were furloughed have returned to work, and all county employee furloughs will end on August 31st.

>>Coronavirus Related Restrictions In Place For Appalachian Trail In Berks County

(Windsor Twp., PA) -- Some coronavirus-related restrictions are in place for the Appalachian Trail in northern Berks County. Public hours are being limited through April near the Hamburg Reservoir in Windsor Township. The area will be closed overnight through September, before becoming even more restrictive in October. Hamburg police say large crowds converge on the trail at the reservoir, with 500 cars there in one day.

>>One Hurt In Lower Alsace Township Crash

(Lower Alsace Twp., PA) -- At least one person is hurt after a pickup truck struck the front of a house in Berks County on Wednesday. It happened on the 700 block of Friedensburg Road, at the bottom of Spook Lane, in Lower Alsace Township. The pickup, which was hauling a trailer loaded with furniture, went up on the sidewalk and hit the front of the house, which is located next to the B-C-I-U Learning Center. A natural gas main in front of the house was also struck. Three people were in the truck at the time, with one taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

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