Demolition damages neighboring Arlington Post Office

Published: Sep. 23, 2016 at 1:54 PM CDT
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The Arlington Post Office was damaged Friday afternoon when a wall from the neighboring building being demolished came crashing down.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department says crews were tearing down the village office when the wall came down into the post office near North 2nd Street and Lincoln Highway shortly after 12 p.m.

Michael Dwyer and a clerk were inside the post office when it happened and the employee was thrown by the force of the wall collapsing. "My initial reaction was that it was some kind of explosion because I felt a whoosh of air just a millisecond prior to hearing the boom. From having been inside, it looked worse inside than the damage looked outside. When I was inside, you could see the whole wall and knew that it was pretty extensive."

The postmaster said the clerk was taken to the hospital to be checked, but is expected to be okay. No one is allowed inside the post office until structural engineers determine if it needs to be demolished or if repairs can be made.

"When I went into the building I had no concerns about going into the building, concerned about what was going on next door," said Dwyer. "It never occurred to me, partly because of the way he was doing it."

Arlington area customers will have to use the Fremont Post Office for the time being.