SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A large fire tore through a nearly 140-year-old prison on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 inmates.
There were no reported inmate or staff injuries, but the Northumberland County Prison appeared to have been destroyed, county officials said. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
The blaze was reported Wednesday afternoon at the prison in Sunbury, a city of 10,000 residents about 40 miles north of Harrisburg, the state capital. Flames and thick smoke shot through the roof.
The prison, a stone building with castle-like parapets, was built in the late-1800s and sits a few blocks off the banks of the Susquehanna River.
All 208 inmates were initially taken under heavy guard to a nearby church. County officials said the male and female inmates were being moved to separate state prisons nearby.
All inmates were accounted for, Commissioner Stephen Bridy said. County Commissioner Chairman Vinny Clausi said the building appeared to be a "total loss."
A state prison spokeswoman said she could not discuss any prison transfers because of security concerns.