Fire in Rockton Post Office collection box leaves some mail unidentifiable


Rockton Post Office

Due to a fire in a collection box in Rockton over the weekend, customers who placed mail in the box late Saturday or Sunday are asked to contact the Rockton Post Office at (815) 624-6281. 

Fortunately, most of the mail has been identified by either the sender or the recipient, so letters have been sent by the Rockton Post Office to those customers.

But some of the damaged mail is unidentifiable, so the Post Office needs to talk to those weekend customers in order to identify the rest. 

The fire did not affect the antique brass P.O. Boxes, from which customers get their mail, only the collection box where customers drop off mail. Residents speculate that it was caused by a lithium battery that exploded. The U.S. Postal Service has a list of prohibited and restricted items.

The Rockton Post Office at 214 W. Main St. is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with Saturday hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. But the lobby is open 24 hours.

The Postal Service wants you to know they generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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