U.S. Postal vehicle catches fire in Tyler neighborhood, mail destroyed

Published: Jan. 5, 2016 at 10:02 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2016 at 9:59 PM CST
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Folks in a Tyler neighborhood will be missing some mail Tuesday, after a mail truck caught fire.

The fire happened around noon in the 1800 block of Holly Lake Circle.

"When we arrived, the fire was fully involved and we extinguished the fire," said Captain George Fletcher with the Tyler Fire Department,

Fire officials say the call came in at 12:20 p.m.

"I saw smoke out of the dining room window. I came outside and our mail carrier's truck was on fire," said resident Debbie Brewer.

Brewer has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years and says she knows her mail carrier well.

"This was a fill-in and he was standing in my yard he was quite nervous and upset. He threw out packages but he couldn't save it all," Brewer said.

Postal officials say the vehicle is a total loss. It was carrying about 2,000 pieces of mail and 90% of that was destroyed.

"No he comes back up our side, I didn't get my mail today," Brewer said.

Officials say the postmaster keeps a list of addresses and deliveries. And they will work with the mail carrier to determine who got their mail and who didn't.

"I went and tracked all my packages I had shipping and they are all due here Thursday so I lucked out," Brewer said.

Right now postal officials say they will go through the vehicle to see if there is anything they can salvage.

Postal officials say if anyone in the 75702 ZIP code believes their mail might have been damaged, contact the postmaster's office.

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