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District Magistrate Quinn’s Court Temporarily Moved After Fire

Monday, September 9, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

1D4A9396CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Maintenance workers were at the County building located along North 6th Avenue in Clarion Borough on Sunday morning repairing the damage that occurred from the Thursday evening fire.

(Photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.)

The fire broke out around 5:35 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, at the County building that houses Clarion County Probation and District Judge Duane Quinn’s office.

According to President Judge James Arner, arrangements have been made for District Magistrate Quinn’s court to be temporarily moved to Judge Timothy Schill’s office in Shippenville.

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Judge Arner told exploreClarion.com, “Arrangements have been made for Schill’s office to cover Quinn’s court for the next two weeks. Quinn’s staff will be working at the Shippenville office.”

Judge Arner said that the commissioners acted quickly in regards to making the decisions about the repairs to the County building, as well as Quinn’s court and the probation offices.

“We are in the planning stage right now, but the Commissioners were right on the situation and began making plans.

“We will do the best that we can to accommodate the probation officers at the courthouse.”

Probation will be working out of the vacant rooms in the Clarion County Courthouse, according to Judge Arner.

Judge Arner said that the main entrance and the hallway of the County building were mainly affected by the fire.

The cleaning crew is expected to be working throughout the week.

Although things are still uncertain, it is believed that none of the computers or equipment were damaged from the fire; however, there has been smoke damage, Judge Arner added.

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On Thursday evening, Clarion County 9-1-1 dispatched Clarion Fire & Hose Company No. 1, Limestone Township Volunteer Fire Company, Clarion Borough Police, and Clarion Hospital EMS 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, although the entire structure sustained a lot of smoke and heat damage inside.

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

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

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

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

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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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