UPDATE 9:13 PM–Now Three Structures on Fire Near Blocksburg
According to scanner traffic, there is a residential fire on Cemetery Road in Blocksburg. There is a structure fire spreading to nearby vegetation. Black smoke inside the building and flames visible outside the building.
UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates there are three structure on fire as well as surrounding vegetation.
UPDATE 7:31 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates that power lines are down and local fire engine is out of water.
UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: Confirmed multi-structure fire. Calfire, Alderpoint, Fruitland Ridge and Redway Fire at the scene.
UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: We received this video with the tagline “Blocksburg is on fire!!”
UPDATE 8:23 p.m.: Residents including some with children seeking assistance from Red Cross.
UPDATE 8:26 p.m.: According to scanner traffic, crews are getting the fire under control.
UPDATE 8:52 p.m.: Fire is controlled! Thank goodness!
UPDATE 9:13 p.m.: According to Larz Ringo, a local resident, “Our community pulled together really quick. Everyone was helping. The first responders were awesome.” Unfortunately, Ringo said, the water pressure was very weak. It was difficult to fight the fire. Several homes were burned totally or damaged.
“For sure two houses got burned down,” Ringo said. “One got badly scorched.” He noted that one resident was gone when the fire started. “We helped save his goats but by the time he showed up, his whole house was charcoals,” he said. The community is rallying to help the displaced family. “We left some food,” Ringo said, “and we’re going to bring back some diapers later.”