North Carolina mail truck catches fire, packages rescued

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. – A U.S. Postal Service truck caught fire while making deliveries in a North Carolina Neighborhood Tuesday. Those who saw the fire say the worker and good Samaritan who pulled the packages out, saved Christmas.

One resident who spoke with the mail carrier says she was very concerned about saving the packages. “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,” said Rob Harper.

Officials say the fire started in the engine compartment and spread to the rest of the vehicle.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and put the fire out within minutes. But they give all the credit to the mail carrier and passerby for saving the packages. “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,” said Chief Ed Barrett with the Wake Forest Fire Department.

Many of the packages saved were reportedly Amazon deliveries. The company released a statement that said, ” We appreciate the efforts of all those involved and are grateful that everyone is safe. We will be donating to the local fire department and thank everyone for their quick efforts on this.”

The USPS says customers with questions about missing or recently mailed packages can call their local post office for information.