Thursday, August 25, 2016

3 Homes Damaged By Fire Thursday Afternoon in Ashland

Three homes were damaged by fire Thursday afternoon.

Just after 1:00pm, fire crews were called to 402 Centre Street, Ashland for a working structure fire.

When crews arrived they quickly upgraded the fire to a 2nd alarm for more manpower.

Within an hour of arrival, crews had the fire under control but remained on scene for overhaul.

Two of the homes, located at 400 and 402 Centre sustained fire damage while a third home at 404 Centre Street sustained smoke and water damage.

The home at 404 was owned by Ashland's Fire Chief, Phillip Groody.

Early reports are the fire was started when a mattress caught fire, but the official cause is still under investigation.

No one was injured in the fire but a fire fighter was treated at the scene for chest pains.

Numerous fire crews from Schuylkill and Northumberland Counties responded to the scene, as well as the American Red Cross to help the victims.