State Police Continue Investigation into Strip Club Blaze

| January 26, 2018

CLARION TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Nearly seven months after a fire destroyed a strip club in Clarion Township, the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is still investigating its cause.

Cpl. Greg Agosti, who investigates fires from the Ridgway barracks, said on Wednesday that the investigation continues.

“The cause of the fire and events surrounding it remain under investigation,” Agosti said.

A fire destroyed the Sugar Shack on June 29, 2017. The building was located along Route 66, south of Interstate 80.

According to a previously-published article on exploreClarion.com, Tpr. Matt Powell said he determined the fire started in the ceiling or attic.

A cause could not be determined, according to Powell.

Damages were estimated at $300,000.00.

The building was insured.

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ExploreClarion.com filed a Right to Know Request asking for additional information on the fire investigation.

According to Kim Grant, the Deputy Agency Open Records Officer for the Pennsylvania State Police, the request for additional information was in part granted – the agency provided a public information report that was already released to exploreClarion.com shortly after the fire.

However, any substantial details surrounding the fire investigation were denied because “the information sought is considered a non-public record, which is exempt from disclosure,” according to the letter.

The letter also cited “an open and ongoing investigation” and stated that “it is unclear whether the report will be considered non-criminal or criminal in nature.”

A full copy of the letter is provided below.

State Police said there is no timetable as to when the investigation would conclude.

View Right to Know (RTK) Request/Response Letter


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