LIMA — An inscription on the post office in New York City reads “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
The inscription says nothing about fire and Lima postal customers will find out why that is soon enough.
A fire occurred Monday on a tractor-trailer hauling mail to Lima. The rear brakes of the trailer locked up causing the tires to catch fire. The fire spread to the trailer and the mail inside, said David Van Allen, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.
Firefighters sprayed the trailer with water soaking mail that was not damaged by fire. The fiberglass ceiling on the trailer also melted landing on the mail, Van Allen said.
If any mail can be salvaged it will be returned to the sender, he said.
In the meantime, the Postal Service sent out a letter to all customers in the Lima area telling them about the mishap.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience it causes,” Van Allen said.
Anyone expecting an important piece of mail should contact the sender if they don’t have it within a few days, he said.
The fire occurred about halfway between Columbus and Lima on U.S. Route 33 near county Road 10 near Bellefontaine, he said.
The driver was a private contractor hired by the Postal Service. He was not hurt, Van Allen said.
While people received mail Monday in the Lima area and will on other days, they still could be missing mail, he said.
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