Cave Junction post office fire ‘incendiary’

The US Post Office in Cave Junction was badly damaged in what was called a suspicious fire, May 30, 2013 (Photo: OSP)
The US Post Office in Cave Junction was badly damaged in what was called a suspicious fire, May 30, 2013 (Photo: OSP)

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) — A fire that destroyed the post office in the Southern Oregon town of Cave Junction appears to have been set.

Illinois Valley Fire Chief Dennis Hoke said in a statement Friday that investigators have eliminated all accidental, building system and natural causes, leaving them to conclude the origin of the fire was “incendiary.”

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible.

The fire broke out early Thursday. By the time the flames were out, only the outside walls were left standing.

Officials say all the mail inside was destroyed, and postal services for thousands of Illinois Valley residents have been switched to the post office in the community of Selma.

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