Smoke at post office


Defective HVAC unit blamed for Sunday night fire alarm

By Tim Colliver - tcolliver@aimmediamidwest.com



Firefighters from Paint Creek Joint/EMS Fire District were on the scene Sunday night for a suspected fire at the Hillsboro Post Office. Upon arrival, crews found only smoke from a faulty HVAC unit on the roof. No damage was reported. The post office was closed Monday along with other government offices for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters from Paint Creek Joint/EMS Fire District were on the scene Sunday night for a suspected fire at the Hillsboro Post Office. Upon arrival, crews found only smoke from a faulty HVAC unit on the roof. No damage was reported. The post office was closed Monday along with other government offices for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Tim Colliver | The Times-Gazette

A suspected fire Sunday at the Hillsboro post office turned out to be only smoke from a malfunctioning heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit, according to Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Public Information Officer Lt. Branden Jackman, who told The Times-Gazette that firefighters found smoke inside the building when they arrived on the scene, but no fire.

“We got the report of smoke in the structure and that the fire alarm system had activated Sunday night,” he said. “Our crews arrived on the scene to find smoke in the building and once we made entry and investigated, we found the trouble was an HVAC unit on the roof had malfunctioned.”

Despite frigid temperatures and icy and windy conditions, the Hillsboro Police Department and Highland County Emergency Management Agency redirected traffic from the post office’s North High Street location.

Jackman said there was no damage and only minimal smoke issues, and though mutual aid was requested from both the fire departments in Lynchburg and Leesburg, they were later called off.

Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, all government offices including the post office were closed Monday.

It will re-open for business at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Reach Tim Colliver at 937-402-2571.

Firefighters from Paint Creek Joint/EMS Fire District were on the scene Sunday night for a suspected fire at the Hillsboro Post Office. Upon arrival, crews found only smoke from a faulty HVAC unit on the roof. No damage was reported. The post office was closed Monday along with other government offices for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
https://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2019/01/web1_Hillsboro-post-office.jpgFirefighters from Paint Creek Joint/EMS Fire District were on the scene Sunday night for a suspected fire at the Hillsboro Post Office. Upon arrival, crews found only smoke from a faulty HVAC unit on the roof. No damage was reported. The post office was closed Monday along with other government offices for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Tim Colliver | The Times-Gazette
Defective HVAC unit blamed for Sunday night fire alarm

By Tim Colliver

tcolliver@aimmediamidwest.com