CAVE JUNCTION — A fire that leveled the Cave Junction Post Office is believed to have been arson, according to investigators.
Accidental and natural causes for the fire, which started in the back of the building on 102 S. Hussey St., have been ruled out, fire officials confirmed. The investigation by police and fire officials and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is ongoing.
All mail inside is believed to have burned during the blaze. The fire drew crews from the Illinois Valley Fire Department and Rural/Metro Fire, who spent the next two hours extinguishing the blaze, according to a report from the Grants Pass Daily Courier.
The city's postal customers will pick up their letters, parcels and packages at the Josephine County Building, 102 S. Redwood Highway, Cave Junction, starting Saturday, June 1, the USPS confirmed in a news release.
The mail pickup spot will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, officials said. Post office box users can pick up the mail at a call window, and must bring a photo identification to receive the mail.
"We appreciate our customers' patience and the community's support during this difficult time," Cave Junction Postmaster Arlyse DeLoyola said in the release.
Regular mailbox customers will continue to receive mail at their homes.
Retail services such as stamps and postage purchases will not be available at the Josephine County Building, but are available at Postal Service offices in Selma and O'Brien, and online at www.usps.com.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 leading to the arrest and conviction of those who started the fire. Calls should be directed to Postal Inspector Kristin Miller at 503-276-2071 or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.
— Ryan Pfeil