Jefferson City firefighters say the Missouri Probation and Parole district office on West Main is a total loss, after an overnight blaze that closed streets in the area. There are no reports of injuries.
Jefferson City Fire Division Chief Jason Turner says the building sustained significant structural damage, and that one nearby building sustained minor heat damage to its exterior.
Mr. Turner says the fire’s cause remains under investigation and that Jefferson City firefighters, Jefferson City Police and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office are conducting an investigation.
Turner says police officers were initially dispatched to that location at about 3:30 am, due to a burglar alarm sounding. The fire started in the back of the building, and firefighters were on-scene until 8:30 am.
The Missouri Probation and Parole Board leases the building on West Main, a few blocks east of Highway 179. The building was used by probationers and parolees, to see their probation and parole officers. The building is normally open weekdays during business hours.
It’s unclear where employees who worked there will be relocated to. 939 the Eagle has contacted Missouri Department of Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann, and we’ll update this story when we receive a response.