No word on cause of fire at Probation and Parole office

SHERIDAN — The cause of a weekend fire at the local Probation and Parole Office has yet to be determined, according to a statement issued this morning by Sheridan Fire-Rescue.

Fire crews were called to the building at 65 Coffeen Avenue shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday to find fire emanating from a window on the north side of the structure.

Firefighters entered the building from the west side and managed to extinguish the fire in about three minutes, said Fire Marshal Brian Songer.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Crews remained on the scene to check for lingering embers and to ventilate the building of heat and smoke through Sunday Morning. Significant fire damage was sustained to an office and reception area while the rest of the building suffered heavy heat and smoke damage.

Sheridan firefighters were assisted by the Goose Valley Fire Department, Rocky Mountain Ambulance and the Sheridan Police Department.

At the time of the call, Sheridan firefighters had been responding to a report of a natural gas leak near City Hall. Songer said the two incidents did not appear to be related.

A call to the Sheridan Police Department for further information on their investigation into the fire was not immediately returned.

As for Probation and Parole, Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Horan said a temporary office had been secured at 37 North Scott Street and that all local offenders had been notified of the new location.

He added that to the best of his knowledge, no confidential information had been damaged as a result of the fire.
“As far as I know everything has been secured,” he said.

The Sheridan office serves more than 300 local offenders.

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Paolo Cisneros joined The Sheridan Press staff in August 2012. He covers business, energy and public safety. A Chicago native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.

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