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Fire destroys Northumberland County prison

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 15, 2015 4:51 AM
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(Sunbury) -- A fire that ripped through the nearly 140-year-old Northumberland County Prison has reignited.

Flames were seen shooting up the jail's stone walls in Sunbury around 6:00 a.m. this morning.

A fire Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of more than 200 inmates. 

No injuries were reported to staff or the 208 inmates, who initially were taken under heavy guard to a nearby church. 

A county commissioner said the building appeared to be a `"total loss'' and called it "a sad day for taxpayers.'' 

County officials said the male and female inmates were being moved to separate state prisons nearby, and a neighboring county had agreed to house new inmates brought in following the fire. 

Below is an earlier version of this story:

(Sunbury) -- Fire investigators are searching for the cause of a blaze that ripped through the nearly 140-year-old Northumberland County Prison, prompting the evacuation of more than 200 inmates. 

The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon at the Northumberland County prison in Sunbury. 

Flames and thick smoke could be seen shooting from the roof of the stone building with castle-like parapets, built in the late 1800s. 

 County Commissioner Chairman Vinny Clausi says the building appeared to be a "total loss.''

No injuries were reported.

The 208 inmates initially were taken under heavy guard to a nearby church, but later male and female inmates were later being moved to separate state prisons.  

    

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