United States Post Office in flames

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

A fire ripped through the U.S. Post Office in Stopover, nearly burning it to the ground.

“The inside of the building was full of flames, smoke everywhere,” said Volunteer Fire Chief Ronald Vaughan.

That was the image that greeted him as he arrived on the scene around 1:30 Friday morning, alongside several crew members.

“One thirty in the morning it was, lord have mercy,” said David Bowling, another volunteer fireman.

No person was injured from the blaze, but the same cannot be said for the building itself - now charred from the fire. But the intensity of the day continued for these men as many government officials came to assess the situation.

“We had the state fire marshal’s office, state police arson investigator, A.T.F., and postal service all here today,” Vaughan said.

As to the cause of the incident, there has yet to be an official word. Vaughan says he hopes folks see this as a reminder of the importance of fire safety.

He said, “Use a smoke detector, buy a smoke detector for your house, and if you've got a business, put some kind of alarm in it,”

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