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Mail destroyed in collection box fire

By:  Lisa Davis - Star Beacon

ASHTABULA - - There was some hot mail in the mail collection box at the Ashtabula office of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Friday morning.

The collection box that sits at the end of exit driveway at 4307 Station Ave., reportedly was smoking around 3:30 a.m. It is reported a customer saw smoke coming from the box and notified the Ashtabula Police Department.

The police then notified the Ashtabula Fire Department, said Stephanie Jones, supervisor of the Ashtabula post office. Employees were working inside the post office at that time and were able to open the box for the fire department.

The fire was contained to the plastic liner located within the box, said Victor Dubina, spokesman for the USPS. The box itself is fine. However, any mail in the liner was destroyed.

"It's gone," he said. "No mail was saved."

The last time the box was cleared of mail was at 5:30 p.m. The box was fine at that time, Dubina said.

However, any mail deposited between 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 3:30 a.m. Friday was lost, he said. As for a cause, Dubina said no further information was available and the Inspection Service of the USPS is investigating the incident.

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