Northern Michigan post office 'engulfed' in flames

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
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Michigan State Police is investigating a fire at the U.S. Post Office in Elmira Township, in northern Michigan's Otsego County, but the early culprit appears to be a bad electrical outlet. 

The fire was reported just after 11:05 p.m. at the postal facility on Underwood Avenue, east of U.S. 131, Mackinac Trail. Firefighters from Otsego County and Elmira-Warner responded to a scene "fully engulfed in smoke and flames." 

Early in the investigation, police believe the fire was sparked internally, on the south side of the building, due to a problem electrical outlet. 

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A state police fire marshal and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be on site Wednesday afternoon to officially determine the cause of the fire.

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