Fire damages Clarion building

Firefighters from the Clarion and Limestone fire companies extinguished a blaze Thursday on North Sixth Avenue in Clarion Borough. The Clarion County Probation Department and the office of District Judge Duane Quinn were housed in the building. (By Randy Bartley)

A fire broke out at about 5:40 p.m. Thursday at the joint office of the Clarion County Probation Department and District Judge Duane Quinn on North Sixth Avenue in Clarion.

Clarion Fire Chief Doug Preston said the building wasn’t occupied at the time, and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters involved.

Preston said the cause of the fire wasn’t immediately determined, and a state police fire marshal had been called to the scene.

Clarion County Commissioner Ed Heasley said the damage was confined to the entry of the building. An estimate of damages wasn’t immediately available.

Commissioner Ted Tharan added that the county would look for temporary quarters for both the probation department and Quinn’s office.

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

Limestone Township Fire Company assisted Clarion firefighters in extinguishing the blaze.

Clarion Borough police, Clarion University police and Clarion Hospital Ambulance also responded to the scene.