NATICK — A fire damaged a United States Postal Service vehicle in Natick on Thursday morning, scorching packages and envelopes inside.
Firefighters responded to East Central Street where they extinguished the fire around 11:15 a.m. The vehicle suffered significant damage.
“Thankfully, no one was injured and we’re grateful to local responders who were onsite quickly and extinguished the fire,” said USPS spokesman Steve Doherty.
Blackened and soaked packages were removed from the vehicle and sorted on the sidewalk. Doherty said that all of the parcels were returned to the local Post Office so that anything deliverable can be delivered.
Any customers whose mail may be affected will be notified, Doherty said.
Although the exact cause of the fire is not known, it appears to be a battery or electrical issue, Natick Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Mathews said.
“The driver said it wouldn’t start and then he smelled smoke,” said Mathews. “Then it caught fire.”
The truck is a total loss, but Mathews said they were able to salvage most of the mail.
No one was injured, he said.
Daily News Reporter Norman Miller contributed to this story
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