Package may have ignited fire at Raleigh postal facility
Posted April 7, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.