Sentinel Staff Reports
UPDATED STORY: https://www.shensentinel.com/news/at-least-six-homes-damaged-in-multi-alarm-ashland-blaze
ASHLAND - Firefighters are currently battling a three-alarm blaze in the borough of Ashland.
Firefighters were called to the 1100 block of Brock Street just before 3:00pm. Black smoke was visible as far away as Lavelle and Gordon.
Photos from the scene show multiple row homes engulfed in flames, and a third alarm was struck, bringing fire crews from across the region to the scene, plus a tanker task force.
In a Facebook post at 3:42pm, the North Schuylkill School District announced Elementary students who ride Ashland buses would be held at the elementary school in Fountain Springs due to road closures in the borough.
"Parents may pick up their children at the Elementary Center, with proper ID," the District wrote. "Once the borough is deemed safe for travel, North Schuylkill buses will bring students home."
The district added at 4:04pm that Ashland buses would leave the school at 4:15pm, which would arrive at Centre Street.
According to PP&L's outage map, around 4:00pm, over 450 Ashland residents were without power.
A Sentinel photographer at the scene reported multiple homes at the scene were collapsed and/or totally destroyed. At 4:00pm, they reported a home across the street had caught fire at 1034 Brock Street.
Firefighters reported the secondary incident as clear at 4:27pm.
Firefighters continue to contain hotspots at the original fire.
We will have more details and photos as they become available.