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Cave Junction Post Office Burns

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CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. —  An early morning fire destroyed the Cave Junction Post office Thursday, leaving residents worried about mail, and postal officials scrambling to find a solution.

Illinois Valley Fire officials said the fire began just before 2 a.m., near the back side of the building. Multiple units came on scene, but by the time the fire was extinguished, it had destroyed most of the post office. Firefighters do not know what started the fire, but an Oregon State Police Arson investigator was on scene.

People coming by the post office Thursday morning to pick up mail or drop off a letter were shocked by what they saw.

“I have bills in my post office box,” said Dolores Latva, who lives in Cave Junction. “Not too sure how I’m going to handle that one”

Postal Service inspectors on scene said they are working on finding a solution.

The tentative plan: rural delivery routes will continue, and people with notices to pick up packages can find them at the Selma post office. For people with PO boxes in Cave Junction, Thursday’s mail delivery was diverted to Selma, but any mail or packages from previous days that had not yet been picked up may have burned in the fire.