Arson fire disrupts service at Arlington Heights post office

04/08/2014 9:53 PM

04/08/2014 9:53 PM

A fire reported about noon Sunday at the Arlington Heights Post Office was deliberately set, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said Tuesday.

“The fire was started in a display for U.S. Postal Service supplies” in the lobby of the post office at 3101 W. Sixth St., spokeswoman Leslie McClain said in an email.

“Damage was extensive enough to disrupt retail and post office box service,” she said. “A mobile retail unit” was expected to be at the site Wednesday to accommodate customers.

The flames were quickly doused, said Engineer Tim Hardeman, a Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman. His department is classifying the fire as arson.

McClain said postal officials list it as “an act of vandalism,” which is taken very seriously, McClain said.

The Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement branch of the Postal Service.

“Individuals suspected of vandalism to postal property will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” she said. “Persons convicted of damage to government property can face up to 10 years in prison and fines.”

Carrier delivery is not operated out of the Cultural District post office.

The contractor making the repairs estimated that the post office could reopen next week, McClain said.

“Until then, mail will continue to be worked and distributed at the back dock,” of the building, she said.

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