Post office fire leaves one dead in Bedford County

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BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Multiple crews were called to the scene of a structure fire at a Bedford County post office Sunday that left one woman dead.

DNA comparisons confirmed the identity of the woman killed as 64-year-old, Cynthia Louise Albright, according to Bedford County Coroner, Rusty Styer. The autopsy revealed that she died as a result of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

The fire reportedly broke out at the Woodbury Post Office along Main Street just after 6:30 p.m. on July 4. Multiple crews responded to what were said to be 20-foot flames shooting into the air.

The incident severely damaged the post office and the roof of the building reportedly collapsed just after 8 p.m. First responders began tearing down what was left of the building late Sunday night and worked into Monday morning.

Woodbury resident Carol Baker says the loss of the building and community member is felt throughout their neighborhood.

“Every day I go to the post office, there’s a lot of memories there, and if you talk to anyone here they will say the same thing,” said Baker. “It is a focal point of this town.”

According to United States Post Office Public Affairs Officer Tad Kelley, Woodbury customers using PO box services can retrieve their mail at the Curryville Post Office along Curryville Road. Additionally, the Woodbury delivery route will be moved to Martinsburg and be delivered as normal from there.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire and say they currently do not know how the blaze began.

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