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Mailbox, mail damaged by fire

August 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The U.S. Postal Service is investigating a possible fire that damaged mail placed in the mail collection box at 996 Cass Ave.
In a statement issued on the incident Monday, the Postal Service said some mail placed in the blue collection box was found “destroyed, apparently from fire.”
No incendiary items were found in the box but a plastic tub inside the box used to gather the deposited mail was found melted along with burned paper debris.
“Customers who may have put mail into the box between 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, and 2 p.m. on Saturday August 17, should consider contacting the intended recipient to ensure their mail was received,” the post office said.
About 40 pieces of mail were recovered from the mailbox in good condition and will be delivered to the intended recipient, the post office said.
“The Postal Service is reviewing what may have caused the mail damage. Deliberate destruction of mail is a federal crime,” the Post Office said in the statement.
Det. Jamie Paone said Monday that the incident is not currently under investigation by the Police Department but noted crimes involving the mail are typically handled by federal authorities. “They have their own investigators who handle it,” Paone said.

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