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State Police Fire Marshal Investigating Blaze at County Building

Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

Image from iOS (4)CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A fire that broke out at the County building along North 6th Avenue in Clarion Borough on Thursday evening is currently under investigation by a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.

(Video and photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.)

Firefighters were dispatched around 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, to 22 North 6th Avenue – the building that houses Clarion County Probation and District Judge Duane Quinn’s office.

Flames were visible on the North 6th Avenue entrance of the building and billowing smoke could be seen from several miles away.

Clarion Fire & Hose Company No. 1, Limestone Township Volunteer Fire Company, Clarion Borough Police, and Clarion Hospital EMS were called to the scene.

According to Doug Preston, Chief of Clarion Fire & Hose Company No. 1, the offices had already closed for the day when the fire broke out, and no one was inside the building.

Preston noted the main fire damage was to the front entrance area of the building, though the entire structure sustained a lot of smoke and heat damage inside.

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An estimate of the cost of the damage is not yet available.

The fire was under control and mostly extinguished around 6:00 p.m.

The scene was cleared around 9:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.

The building was the former home of Golden Dawn and Goodwill. Clarion County purchased the building in October 2016 and renovated it for the purpose of housing the County Probation and Magisterial District Court 18-3-01.

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