Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Ashland Man In Custody for Arson for Starting Brush Fire with Fireworks

An Ashland man was locked up in Schuylkill County Prison late Monday for starting a brush fire in the borough.
Around 9:45pm, Monday, fire and police responded to a brush fire on Catawissa Road in Ashland.

Fire Chief Groody and Ashland Police arrived on scene to find a brush fire on an embankment, approximately 50 ft by 50 ft that was progressing towards a structure.

The Ashland Fire Department arrived and had the fire under control within minutes.

At the scene, fire and police found the remnants of fireworks directly next to and within the area of brush fire.

A witness flagged police down afterwards and advised Ashland Police Officer Weaver that Barry Hubler, 34, of Market Street, had been setting off the fireworks minutes before and fled the scene just before fire and police arrived.

Officer Weaver went to Hubler's home where he admitted to setting off the fireworks.  

Officer Weaver took Hubler into custody charging him with felony arson and causing or risking a catastrophe.

Hubler was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer and locked him up in Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $25,000 straight cash bail.

The Washington Fire Company, American Hose Company, and Washington Ambulance responded to the scene.