• Blaze tears through Butler Co. mental health office


    BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - Firefighters battled a blaze at a mental health office in Butler County Wednesday morning.

    The fire at the Irene Stacy building on Hillvue Drive was reported sometime before 6 a.m.

    Initially, crews were called to the building because of an automatic fire alarm, but weren’t sure if there was an actual fire at the building.

    Firefighters said the fire was burning inside the walls and ceiling. Natalie Ross, executive director, said the blaze caused significant damage to much-needed items.

    “We have medication stored here on site, that’s where the damage occurred. But we have doctors and prescribers,” Ross said.

    Ross said the Irene Stacy Center has several officers throughout Butler County and they’re doing their best to continue to serve anyone who may need it.

    “A lot of the staff have cellphones, so if they are working with staff who have cellphones they can contact them,” said Ross.

    Butler County fire marshal Larry Christy said the fire could have started within the electrical system.

    “We got crews in and put salvage covers in a lot of the offices, so a lot of the offices are covered,” Christy said.

    Ross said most of the items in the administrative building were destroyed, but a nearby nursing home is allowing them to use their building as a temporary office. 

    No injuries were reported.

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