Fire damages probation, district court building

Firefighters from the Clarion and Limestone fire companies quickly extinguished a fire on North Sixth Avenue in Clarion the evening of Sept. 5. The building houses the Clarion County Probation Department and the office of District Judge Duane Quinn.

Fire damages probation, district court building

By Randy Bartley

Staff Writer

CLARION

A fire broke out at the joint office of the Clarion County Probation Department and the office of District Judge Duane Quinn on North Sixth Avenue in Clarion at 5:39 p.m. Sept. 5.

Clarion Fire and Hose Co. No. 1 Chief Doug Preston said the building was not occupied and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters involved.

Clarion County Commissioner Ed Heasley said the damage was confined to the entry of the building.

Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan said the county would look for temporary quarters for both the probation department and the district court.

A county maintenance employee was at the building overnight to prevent any vandalism.

Preston said the cause of the fire is undetermined. The state police fire marshal was called to the scene.

The Limestone Township Volunteer Fire Company assisted in extinguishing the fire.

An estimate of the damage was not immediately available.