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Timeline still unknown for reopening of Loring Park post office

Updated: June 15, 2018 - 10:06 am

The Loring Station post office is still closed following a small fire earlier this spring and officials aren’t sure when it will be up and running once again.

The fire occurred at the station, 18 N. 12th St., late on Saturday, April 21. No customers or employees were around at the time.

Kristy Anderson, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, said they do not know when it will reopen.

“It’s all going to depend on the work that needs to be done and when they can get that done,” she said. “It’s kind of a lengthy process.”

loring postal station 1 webThe cause of the fire is still unknown, but Battalion Chief Bryan Tyner with the Minneapolis Fire Department said it is believed to be an accident.

“It was actually a small fire towards the rear in the sorting area, so I don’t believe there was a lot of fire damage. I think it was primarily smoke damage,” he said.

The front public entrance, which firefighters broke down upon entry, will need to be repaired.

Inspectors have been contracted to decontaminate and decipher money orders, stamps and mail. Then everything must be removed and they can begin remodeling. For now, all mail services are being redirected to the Minneapolis Main Post Office downtown.

Regarding the re-opening of the station, Tyner said it is the decision of the Postal Service because the agency owns the building.

“We just found the small amount of fire and smoke damage so that’s really up to them,” he said.

Anderson was confident that the station will not need to relocate and will reopen eventually.

“The extent of the damage isn’t something that destroyed the entire building and isn’t causing further safety issues so we feel we can get it remodeled and get back in there eventually,” she said.

First responders did not report any damage to mail, but later inspections did find smoke damage on some mail.

“Once the mail is salvageable we will get it delivered,” Anderson said.

At this point she could not say how much mail was damaged or when it will be delivered.

In the meantime, patrons can file a claim with the Postal Service for any insured mail. If it wasn’t insured, Anderson recommends contacting the sender and informing them of the situation.