Tuesday, April 23, 2024

State Police Continue to Investigate Cause of Ashland Fire

The cause of a fire in Ashland early Monday morning remains under investigation.

Just before 4:00am, Monday, emergency personnel to called to 1100 West Centre Street in Ashland for a report of an apartment building fire.

Firefighters would arrive to find the rear section of the apartment building along South 11th Street fully involved.

All occupants would escape unharmed.

It would take firefighters approximately an hour before bringing the fire under control, keeping the fire to original fire building.  The fire struck 2 alarms calling units from Northern Schuylkill County and Eastern Northumberland County.

The rear section of the building was destroyed by the fire while the front section sustained severe damage.

Ashland Fire Chief Phil Groody requested a State Police Fire Marshal to the scene with Trooper Joseph Hall arriving later Monday morning.

Trooper Hall spent several hours at the scene sifting through the rubble and spent most of his time focused on a first-floor rear room of the apartment building.  According to the property owner, there was no power in the rear of the structure.  

By midday Monday, Trooper Hall only stated that the fire was still under investigation and that he did obtain some nearby surveillance video of the fire and would be reviewing that as well.

The Ashland Fire Department also thanked all the mutual aid from out-of-town units that responded to the scene to help with the fire.