A U.S. Postal Service delivery truck burned on the West Bay Shore Wednesday morning, destroying the vehicle and much of the mail it was carrying, according to Suffolk County fire officials.
Kevin Butler, director of the Bayshore Fire Department, said about 20 firefighters and two chief executives responded to the Mystic Oaks Drive scene just north of Orinocco Drive with three engines, and the postal truck “completely”. He said he had found that he was swallowed. The fire was reported to Suffolk fire authorities by phone 911 at around 10:45 am.
Butler said the postman was not injured in the flames.
“The carrier said she had a mechanical problem and tried to return to headquarters, but the truck started smoking,” Butler said.
“They definitely lost their mail,” he said, adding that “the truck was completely demolished,” although the fire was quickly extinguished.
The post office assigned to the carrier was not immediately clear. Butler said postal inspectors are responding to the scene and postal authorities are trying to determine which mail can be stored.
“They ended up classifying emails,” Butler said. “Whatever the visible address, they said they would still deliver.”