Key Biscayne

Rain, hail — now fire. Blaze disrupts a post office, but you'll get mail

A fire at a shopping compex at 951 Crandon Blvd. in Key Biscayne on May 24, 2018, damaged several stores but the Key Biscayne Post Office was spared damage.
A fire at a shopping compex at 951 Crandon Blvd. in Key Biscayne on May 24, 2018, damaged several stores but the Key Biscayne Post Office was spared damage. Google

An overnight fire at a Key Biscayne shopping center complex sent one firefighter to the hospital, damaged several stores, and has cut power to the mall — including at the Key Biscayne Post Office.

But residents of the island will still have mail delivery Thursday.

According to Debra Fetterly, a regional spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, the fire did not damage the inside of the post office, which is in the southeast corner of the strip mall at 951 Crandon Blvd.

"The fire was in the northeast section of the shopping center and did not involve the post office," Fetterly said Thursday morning.

Postal workers were not allowed into the building but, by 9:40 a.m., power was restored to the undamaged part of the center — including the post office. Employees were allowed inside to get mail operations up and running, Fetterly said.

"We have power although the other half of the shopping center that was impacted by the fire does not have power yet. Retail services will be available momentarily when the computers are back up. Mail delivery is in progress," she said.

According to CBS4, more than 30 firefighters battled the blaze.

The firefighter is being treated for minor injuries.

Key Biscayne Fire Rescue is investigating.

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