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Mail damaged in postal truck fire


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Postal Service truck caught fire last night while driving to a mail processing facility with mail from Leland.

Viewer Ben Lewis sent us video of the fire. He says it happened on US 74/76 near the Brunswick/Columbus County line.

The Postal Service says the contract driver called to say the truck's engine was on fire. While the flames damaged and destroyed some mail on the truck, They did not hurt the driver.

Officials say the truck had collection mail from Leland Post Office and a contract postal unit in Leland. Customers who sent letter mail and/or packages from either postal location in Leland should contact the Consumer Affairs Office at (704) 424-4422.

Mid-Carolinas district manager Angela Curtis says the official cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

"At this time, we are pleased that the contract driver was uninjured. However, we recognize that this does create a concern for any postal customers who may have sent mail from our Leland offices," Curtis said in a news release. "We apologize for any inconvenience, and my staff will work with customers to assist in whatever way we can."

The Postal Inspection Service is investigating the matter.

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