WINTHROP – We all know what its like to receive a hand written letter from someone. Its thoughtful, personal, and something that is slowly fading away.
So at 8:45 this morning when the town of Winthrop saw their Post Office going up in flames, they lost more then just a building.
Whether your dodging credit card bills or expecting a birthday card, your mailbox delivery from the Winthrop post office will be arriving late, if ever.
Dan Brooks, the Fire Chief of the Winthrop Fire Department said “The ceiling tile collapsed int he center of the building. When that happened smoke poured from that hole and they realized the attic area was on fire”
The Fire Chief says he believes it started with a mechanical error, and luckily no one was hurt, but the next concern is whether snail mail just got slower.
“There is definitely mail inside the building that got damaged. I don’t know how much they usually have in any one area but there are some bins that have some mail in them that have either been damaged by the fire or our efforts to suppress it.”
Firefighters spent hours putting out the fire, while employees and bystanders watched as their post office disappeared into a spiraling cloud of black smoke.
Federal fire marshals are now leading the investigation since the post office was a federal building. The postal service released a statement asking customers to report to the Manchester Post Office beginning tomorrow, to see if any of their packages are still waiting. The Chief says its gonna be a few months before this building is back in operation.
Customers are advised to contact anyone they were expecting a mail deliver from to determine the status. Postal officials were waiting to enter the building when i left to discuss the extent of the damage, but street delivery in the town should continue in the town tomorrow with the remaining mail.