By Kaylee Lindenmuth
RINGTOWN - Fire crews from across northern Schuylkill, and southern Columbia and Luzerne Counties are currently battling a blaze in downtown Ringtown.
The dispatch came just before 9:00pm for a working structure fire at 26 North Main Street, and was quickly upgraded to a second alarm with a tanker task force.
Photos submitted to The Shenandoah Sentinel show heavy fire coming from the row homes.
State Troopers were also called to the scene, after it was reported over fire communications that "ordinary people" were fighting with firefighters at the rear of the structure.
A municipal road crew was called for hazardous road conditions, and a PP&L crew was also called to the scene.
Tanker fill sites were set up in Pattersonville and just east of Ringtown.
Shortly after the third alarm was transmitted, the fire attack shifted to a "surround and drown" defensive attack.
High winds created a hazard for fire crews, as they dealt with winds of at least 12mph at the scene.
McAdoo, Schuylkill Haven, and Minersville fire crews were brought to Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, and Frackville respectively on move-up assignments.
According to radio communications, one firefighter suffered an ankle injury, and was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.
Fire crews are still on scene fighting the fire, and we will have an update as soon as it becomes available.
This is the third structure fire in northern Schuylkill today, the others occurring in Ryan Township and Frackville respectively.