Midleton Post Office has been completely gutted by a fire overnight, however Gardaí have confirmed that foul play is not suspected.
Members of the Cork County Fire Service attended the scene on Main Street after the fire was reported at approximately 1.30am.
Fine Gael Councillor Susan McCarthy lives across the road from the Post Office which is run by a member of the Moran family.
However, she said that Mrs Moran, who is now an elderly woman, was living on the premises and one of her children stayed with her every night.
One of her daughters stayed with her last night, heard the fire alarm, and got her mother and herself to safety.
"She got her mother out but it was a very frightening thing," Councillor McCarthy said.
She added that by the time they were able to get out of the house "there were flames coming down the stairs."
Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley told The Echo that it was lucky no one was seriously injured.
“The poor lady that was there was lucky enough to get out,” Deputy Buckley said.
He added that the Moran family who are running the Post Office are “great servants to the town.
“It’s a disaster for the family as a whole.
“It’s a massive cog in the wheel of East Cork and especially in Midleton and Cloyne, Ballycotton, Shanagarry and so on,” Deputy Buckley said.
It’s not yet known how the fire started, but Gardaí say the cause of the fire is understood to have been accidental and no foul play is suspected.
It’s understood there is also some water damage to the Permanent TSB bank next door also as the fire began to spread, but fire services caught it on time.
An Post has made arrangements for those who use the post office in Midleton and have assured customers that they will assess the damage and begin restoring full service to the town.
An Post spokesperson said: “Our post office at Midleton will be out of service for the foreseeable future as a result of last night’s devastating fire.
“General post offices services will be available at Carrigtwohill and Castlemartyr post offices. It is likely that all Department of Employment Action and Social Protection customers will be catered for at Castlemartyr post office. Payments will be available there after midday today (Wednesday).
“Once we have dealt with the immediate aftermath of the fire and assess the damage done and will begin the work of restoring full service to Middelton.
“Fortunately all our mails and parcels processing for the Midleton area is carried out at our delivery service unit at a separate location and not impacted by the fire.
“Customers enquiries should be directed to An Post Customers Services online and/or webchat at www.anpost.com or by phoning 01- 705 7600.”