Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
It is hoped that the Post Office in South Haven has been cleaned and re-opened for use after the March 5 fire that destroyed a building two doors down. Postmaster Doug Wilhelm and others evacuated mail and equipment that evening, in case the fire spread. They've been operating out of the Annandale Post Office since then. If all went well, the South Haven Post Office would be back in use this week.
Four fire departments - South Haven, Annandale, Kimball, and Watkins - fought the fire well into the night and kept it contained to the one building where it apparently started. That building burned to the ground and was knocked down into its basement, a total loss.
The destroyed building was owned by Dolores Madden of Kimball, and was used to hold stored items (much of it furnishings and equipment from the nursing homes she formerly owned and operated). She learned last week that there was no insurance on the building or its contents.
The March 5 fire on the main street of South Haven is being investigated by the state fire marshal's office as arson. The hotline to call if you can provide any information is (800) 723-2020. A reward of up to $2,500 is offered.