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Two Elkhart firefighters and Elkhart police sergeant Doug Ryback (right) inspect a mailbox at the corner of Gage and Wood streets Tuesday, Oct. 1. A suspicious fire was reported in the box and the fire department and one member of the police bomb squad responded. No explosive device was located. (Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

An Elkhart firefighter inspects a mailbox at the corner of Gage and Wood streets Tuesday, Oct. 1. A suspicious fire was reported in the box and the fire department and one member of the police bomb squad responded. No explosive device was located. (Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
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Posted on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 1, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.

ELKHART — Emergency units were called Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, to a business at the intersection of Wood Street and Gage Avenue to reports of smoke coming out of a mailbox.

The Elkhart fire and police departments were called to the intersection at about 3:45 p.m.

A mail carrier opened the mailbox and saw the inside was burnt and smoke was coming out, said Sgt. Scott Hupp, a shift supervisor at the police department.

Hupp said an arson investigator will look into the incident.

The intersection was blocked off with police tape while crews investigated. It reopened shortly after. The paint on the mailbox’s exterior was burnt brown in places.