RINGTOWN - Around 4:00pm on Friday afternoon, firefighters from Ringtown Valley, Sheppton-Oneida, Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, and Aristes were dispatched to 198 East Main Street in Ringtown borough for a smoke in a structure call.
Crews arrived on-scene to find fire in the basement. A 2nd Alarm was struck, bringing units from Hometown, Ryan Township, Hometown, and Shenandoah Heights to the scene.
The fire was brought under control in just over an hour.
The American Red Cross is assisting four displaced by the fire, and a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating.
SHENANDOAH - Three homes on the 200 Block of West Centre Street in Shenandoah were destroyed by fire around 9:00am this morning.
Firefighters were called to 228 West Centre Street around 9:15am, quickly spreading to adjoining properties at 226 and 230 West Centre Streets.
According to the Pottsville Republican-Herald newspaper, the owner of 228 West Centre Street was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton for non-life threatening injuries.
Firefighters say the fire was brought under control within an hour of their arrival.