WINTHROP (WGME) – Wearing protective suits postal inspectors removed boxes of damaged letters and packages from inside a burned out post office in Winthrop.
Starting the recovery process after a fire destroyed the building on Tuesday.
As mail began moving once again today in Winthrop, postal inspectors got their first look inside the now burned post office. Finding hundreds of pieces of mail destroyed.
One resident Anita McGinnis stated “I just hope there was nothing special in there, like anyone had something special coming to them.”
Soaked and charred, United States Postal Inspectors, remove what they can after their first time inside the destroyed Winthrop Post Office.
Firefighters put out hot spots, still smoldering after the Tuesday morning fire that left the entire building gutted.
Another resident Carol Dorr stated “It was shocking that a building so new would go so fast.”
As investigators sorted through what’s salvageable at this post office, 6 miles down the road in Manchester, Wintrhop residents were trying to find out if their mail made it.
“We don’t know how much mail was lost, other than I know I picked up mail on Saturday, so whatever mail came in Tuesday morning.” said Dorr. She added she works for a local youth camp that had a PO Box in Winthrop. She stated “Our registrations are coming in for summer camps, so we’re trying to make sure that everyone knows there was a fire, mail might be lost.”
For the time being, The Postal Service said mail will distributed from Manchester and Augusta.
Residents said they hope the mail is sorted through soon.
Postal inspectors said they’re still trying to determine the cause of the Winthrop fire, but there’s still no word on how long Winthrop residents will have to come here to the Manchester Post Office to pick up and drop off mail.