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Juvenile Charged in Post Office Fire
2018-05-24

            A male juvenile has been charged with arson in the Christmas Day fire at the Hereford Township Post Office. The boy, in his late teens, was charged May 16 after allegedly admitted to being responsible for starting the fire at the intersection of routes 29 and 100, according to a news release issued Monday by the Pennsylvania State Police's Reading barracks.

            The juvenile was also charged with recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief, according to the incident report.

            The post office suffered fire, smoke and water damage but, according to reports, no mail was damaged.  A firewall kept the fire from spreading to the market.

            Operations at the Hereford Post Office have been shifted to the Palm and East Greenville Post Offices.  Customers who have post office boxes in Hereford will continue to pick up their mail at the Palm Post Office.  Mail carriers, working out of East Greenville post office, will continue with delivery to addresses of customers with street delivery.

            Volunteer firefighters from Hereford Fire Company were called to a blaze that damaged the Hereford Post Office, 43 Star Road, on Dec. 25, 2017.

            Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from an employee of the Turkey Hill Minit Market, which is adjacent to the post office, around 12:50 p.m. The fire was declared under control at 1:20 p.m.  No injuries were reported.

            According to Hereford Fire Chief Josh Borowski, when firefighters arrived they "found heavy fire in the loading dock area" that had spread to the roof of the building.

            Wind-swept flames leaped 50-feet above the building as fire firefighters quickly battled the fire in temperatures that hovered around freezing.  Most of the damage was confined to the roof area.  In addition to using water from their trucks, water was supplied from a hydrant near the intersection of Seisholtzville Road and State Street. The southbound lane of Route 100 (State Street) was closed while firefighters battled the fire.

            Borowski estimated the damage to be at least $150,000 to the building and at least $30,000 to the contents.  He commended all firefighters for their efforts to contain the blaze and minimize damage.


 

 

 

 

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