UPDATE 5:10 p.m. - Clark Road was closed for five hours Tuesday morning due to the bank fire. Traffic was delayed on all of the roads that take people off of the ridge during the early morning commute because of the closure.
Though the bank vault was not opened up while CAL FIRE was on the scene, they did say they would not be allowed access to make a determination as to whether anything in the vault was destroyed or not.
A raging fire destroyed a Paradise bank early Tuesday morning.
CAL FIRE says at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday they were dispatched to the structure fire at Bank of the West on 6405 Clark Road in Paradise. No injuries have been reported at this time. The front part of the building was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Both the exterior, and interior of the flames in the building are now extinguished.
Clark Road is closed as fire crews working to put out the fire. Fire crews are from Paradise, Gridley, CAL FIRE Butte County, and Chico Fire. CAL FIRE officials say the money inside the bank is in the vault, but an ATM may have possibly caught fire on the exterior of the building. Officials say the brick building walls will remain standing.
Investigators continue to investigate the cause of the fire. This is a developing story, check back for more details.
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