Expecting a letter from Southern California? Don't hold your breath.
A United States Postal Service (USPS) tractor-trailer loaded with mail rear-ended another truck on a freeway in Brea, setting off a fire that burned approximately 120,000 letters, the Orange County Register reports.
The letters were all from Orange County and parts of the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County, and were heading to addresses east of Colorado, according to KTLA.
There were no registered letters, packages or high-value mail on the truck, just regular first-class mail such as letters, birthday cards and bill payments.
If you've sent a bill payment from Southern California, the USPS can provide you with a letter saying your check may have been destroyed in the fire and asking the business to waive any late fees, USPS spokesman Richard Maher told KTLA. But if you sent someone a gift card, you may be out of luck since the mail on the truck wasn't certified or insured.
Anyone who may have been affected by the fire can call (800) 275-8777 for more information.
On a more positive note, no one was injured in the fire.