WAKE FOREST, North Carolina (WTVD) –The Grinch was hard at work in Wake Forest on Tuesday morning.

Town officials say a United States Postal Service truck caught fire just after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Heritage Lake Road and Heritage Heights Lane.

usps2The blaze started in the engine area and quickly spread to the rest of the vehicle.

The driver got out and, with the help of a passerby, managed to save most – but not all – of the packages on board.

“There was black everywhere, packages in disarray,” said eyewitness Rob Harper.

The damaged packages got wet, but not burned.usps1

“The woman was obviously very concerned about the packages. She did a heroic job of trying to save the packages first, especially at this holiday season,” said Harper.

Firefighters put the flames out within minutes.

“If it wasn’t for her quick thinking to pull right over and remove the parcels, it could have been tough,” said Wake Forest Fire Battalion Chief Ed Barrett.

He praised the mail carrier and the Good Samaritan for their swift action. Continue Reading

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