WAKE FOREST, N.C. — No one was injured after a USPS truck in Wake Forest caught fire while making deliveries Tuesday morning.
The mail carrier pulled over her truck at Heritage Lake Road and Heritage Heights Lane when she realized the truck was smoking. A resident on a jog in the neighborhood says he spoke to the mail carrier after the fire was out.
Rob Harper says, "She said it started in the center of the truck. She noticed it and tried to blow it out and she said unfortunately, you know the oxygen she fills made the fire spread and that's when she pulled over to Heritage Heights just to be able to jump out of the truck and then pull the packages out."
Residents like Harper are saying the worker's quick thinking saved Christmas. Harper says, "She seemed like she was okay and she did a fantastic job, a heroic job, of trying to save the packages first especially at this holiday season."
16-year-old Dominic Manzo, who lives two houses away from where the carrier pulled over was on his way to school when he saw the flames coming. He says he took to snapchat and recorded a 10-second video of the carrier and a good samaritan moving the parcels from the truck to the sidewalk.
The Wake Forest Fire Department says the fire started in the engine compartment and spread to the rest of the vehicle. Chief Ed Barrett says firefighters put the fire out within minutes of arriving on the scene but gives all the credit to the mail carrier and passerby for saving the packages. Barrett says. "If it wasn't for her quick thinking to pull right over and remove the parcels, it could've been tough. Somebody did save Christmas, you give all the credit to that postal carrier."
Many of the dozens of packages were saved and we're told most of them were Amazon deliveries. Amazon says, "We appreciate the efforts of all those involved and grateful that everyone is safe. We will be donating to the local fire department and thank everyone for their quick efforts on this.”
USPS says that if you are an affected customer with questions about missing or recently mailed packages, you can call 336-668-1307 with any concerns.
A reminder that saving Christmas isn't just a job for those in Whoville but for the USPS in Wake Forest.