Fire destroys Clinton's local campaign office

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terre Haute fire officials are investigating an early Friday morning fire that happened in downtown Terre Haute, destroying Senator Hillary Clinton's Terre Haute Campaign Headquarters.

The fire broke out just after 12:30 a.m. Friday at the Westaff office building on 3rd Street.

"When they arrived on the scene, flames were shooting out the tops of it, and the vehicle in front was also involved in the fire," Terre Haute Fire Department Public Information Officer John Gardner said.

Gardner said two women were inside Clinton's headquarters when the fire started. They got out safely, but one of their cars caught fire.

"It was really burning. The front part hadn't caved in yet. When it caved in, it fell on her car. Her car was on fire inside and out," said witness George Leach.

Despite former President Bill Cinton's visit to the Wabash Valley, investigators said they aren't jumping to any conclusions just yet as to what may have caused the fire at the Clinton Headquarters.

"At this point all we know is that there was a structure fire. We put it out, and we are going to do our investigation," Gardner said.

No word yet on where the fire started or the cause.

We have been told that the secret service has been on the scene investigating.


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