UNION TOWNSHIP (SCHUYLKILL COUNTY), PA: On September 28, 2010 at 01:30 hours Ringtown Valley Fire Company and Ringtown Ambulance were dispatch to a vehicle fire on the Brandonville Road. The incident was reported to be on Route 339, just outside Ringtown in Union Township. The caller reported that he ran off the road to avoid hitting a deer. He stated he was not hurt but believes he has a small fire in his engine compartment.
Chief 30 and Engine 30-10 arrived on location and found a garage fully involved with fire. A vehicle appeared to have driven into the D-Side of the one story garage and caught fire. Chief 30 assumed command and request that the 1st alarm be dispatch for a working garage fire. Tanker 30-35 arrived on scene and parked behind Engine 30-10. The tanker connected to Engine 30-10 with its 3 inch hose and feed its tank water. Fire fighters then deployed two hose lines and attack the D-Side of the burning garage. The intense flames were quickly knock down and the spreading fire was stopped. Command then had all responding units come in under caution. Engine 9-10 and Rescue 993 arrived on scene and staged in front of Engine 30-10. Tanker 759, Squirt 745, Engine 30-11, and Rescue 30-60 staged behind tanker 30-25 and stood by.
Command determined the garage was unstable due to the D-Side exterior wall being knocked down by the crashing vehicle. Rescue 993 crew was ordered to shore up the D-Side wall with a rescue strut from their heavy rescue. Sheppton fire fighters then raised a ground ladder to the roof to gain access. A team then went to the roof to make a vent cut. The thick smoke and intense heat was then vented from the garage. Fire fighters were then able to gain entry into the garage from a large window. The garage door was then open to allow hose line teams into the garage. Fire fighters then overhaul and soak down remains of the severely damage garage. The vehicle was destroyed by the fire and had to be towed from the scene. The driver was evaluated by the Ringtown EMS crew and refused to be transported to a hospital. All of the units cleared the incident scene by 3 AM. Aristes Tanker 353 stood by at station 30 during the incident to cover Ringtown and surrounding area.