The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office, the ATF and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working together to determine what caused the Doe Run Post Office to explode early this morning.
Doe Run Fire Chief Mike Kelso said at 1:40 a.m., his firefighters were just getting back from water rescues and were surveying damage to their parking lot when they heard a loud explosion down the road. He said they arrived at the post office within seconds.
He said there were a few flames when they got there which they were able to quickly put out. Some of the structure walls and the roof are still up but “the structure is demolished.” Nobody was hurt.
He said it was storming at the time of the explosion, as well as several hours before and after. At this time, they don’t know for sure what caused it. He said it is still an active investigation.
Kelso said workers will be taking the roof off to secure the mail inside.
Individuals who had a post office box in Doe Run will be receiving their mail through the Farmington Post Office now. Those who were allowed to have mail boxes in the Doe Run area will be receiving their mail through the Park Hills Post Office.
The severe weather and flooding caused some people in the Farmington area to have to be rescued from water. They were taken to dry areas until the water receded.