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Fire Breaks Out in Harlem Post Office, FDNY Says

By  Aidan Gardiner and Gustavo Solis | June 4, 2014 10:24am 

  Flames erupted inside a West 125th Street USPS building, the FDNY said.
Harlem Post Office Fire
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MANHATTAN — A fire broke out inside the basement of a Harlem post office Wednesday morning, the FDNY said.

About 170 people — 150 workers and 20 customers — were inside the post office on 365 West 125th St., near St Nicholas Avenue when the fire alarms went off about 9:22 a.m., Deputy Chief Joseph Carlsen said.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries during the response at the United States Postal Service Manhattanville, Carlsen said.

The flames were contained to the basement storage room where they keep the financial records, manager Richard Thompson said.

Thompson did not believe any mail or packages were burned, although firefighters were still evaluating the damage.

The post office was closed as of 11 a.m. It was unclear if they would reopen Wednesday afternoon, Thompson said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.