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Package may have ignited fire at Raleigh postal facility

Posted April 7, 2014

— Something inside a package may have ignited a small fire at the main postal distribution center in Raleigh early Monday, authorities said.

No one was injured, but 155 workers were briefly evacuated from the building on Floretta Place while the flames were extinguished.

The blaze broke out in an area where packages are sorted, and several were destroyed.

Investigators do not believe the blaze was intentionally set, and postal workers described hearing a pop before seeing flames.

"When you bring a mail piece into the post office, they're going to ask you is there anything liquid, fragile, potentially hazardous? Are there lithium batteries, perfumes? This is the reason," postal inspector Mike Carroll said.

Carroll said the blaze could cause a delay in mail delivery Monday.


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  • David McIntee Apr 11, 2014
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    Several pieces of mail sent to clients over last weekend have not reached them. We did not use one of their premium services that has tracking, so they were not the least bit interested in helping. I phoned in this lead to WRAL this afternoon, I look forward to a follow up story.

  • blastamasta Apr 8, 2014

    Hopefully everyone's okay and the mail will come today.

  • Len White Apr 8, 2014
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    WRAL, how about a bit of follow-up on this one ....


  • SoylentGreenIsPeople! Apr 7, 2014

    Glad no one was hurt!

  • ncfireman60212 Apr 7, 2014

    Sounds like an accidentto me. USPS does a great job. i bet somone hipped something not allowed. and or packaged the contents poorly

  • Forthe Newssite Apr 7, 2014
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    and personally, I actually think the postal service does a pretty good job, not perfect but I get may mail and still get it on Saturdays, though it would be ok if they stopped sat. delivery.

  • gotnoid Apr 7, 2014

    from "Snail Mail" to "Hot Mail"

  • Ijaz Fahted Apr 7, 2014
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    Yes, the USPS set a small fire inside their processing center to ensure that they would have an excuse for the mail being late or not delivered at all.

  • tsquaring Apr 7, 2014

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    Really? I'm just glass it wasn't on a plane when it happened.

  • Kathy Wilson Apr 7, 2014
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    any excuse for a delay in mail delivery........