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Mail Truck Fire Destroys Letters

State agency working to help residents whose USPS mail never made it to government offices.


The state Department of Treasury is working to assist residents in many Essex County towns whose mail, sent to government offices between Sept. 7 and Sept. 10, burned in a truck fire last month.

Affected zip codes begin with 070 to 076, 078, 079, 088 and 089. 

West Orange's zip code is 07052. 

All of the mail that was on the truck on Sept. 11 was destroyed in the accident near Hightstown on the New Jersey Turnpike when the truck carrying it burst into flames, according to a press release sent out by Gov. Chris Christie's office.

The driver of the truck carrying the mail was killed, NorthJersey.com reported.

"The U.S. Postal Service now says the blaze and resulting firefighting efforts destroyed nearly every piece of mail on board. The truck was carrying a day’s worth of mail to a variety of locations in Central New Jersey, including letters and packages bound for some state government offices in Trenton and the surrounding area," the press release said.

The governor's office has ordered that all state agencies assist residents who may have been affected.

"We're making arrangements to try to help out people whose mail was destroyed in this unfortunate fire," Bill Quinn, spokesperson for the state Department of Treasury said. "If people had payments that were due, we're extending the deadline on that until at least Oct. 15."

To find a state agency you might have mailed, visit the state website here and click on the appropriate agency's link or call the governor's Constituent Relations Office at 609-777-2500.

As of Tuesday, the USPS Consumer Affairs Office have not received any inquiries about lost mail, according to George Flood, the postal service's regional spokesperson. But concerned customers may call 800-275-8777 to report lost mail, he said.


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