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First responders investigate bizarre early morning incident at Braddock post office

A suspected gas leak early this morning at the Braddock post office (1100 Wythe Street) has turned into an investigation of a possible burglary and more — with no clear explanation.

Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) Senior Public Information Officer Raytevia Evans said the fire department was dispatched early this morning for a possible gas leak.

“Around 4:30 a.m. on February 23, AFD units were dispatched to 1100 Wythe Street for a possible gas leak,” Evans said. “A fire marshal was also dispatched to the incident. Upon his arrival, the fire marshal requested response from the Hazmat Team due to a smell of fuel and/or oil.”

Evans said hazmat testing was positive for hydrocarbons but that there was no evidence of any burned products in he post office.

“The scene was then released to the Postal Inspector for further investigation,” Evans said.

The Alexandria Police Department (APD) said there was broken glass on the premises, but there’s no substantial reason to say arson was involved.

“APD received a call for service at approximately 4:33 a.m. this morning for a possible commercial burglary,” Alexandria Police spokesman Marcel Bassett said. “APD can confirm a glass window was broken on the premises. APD cannot substantiate any reason to say there was arson.”

Hat tip to Peter Prahar, Kerrin Nishimura and Alan Henney