A U.S. Postal Service vehicle caught fire in Menlo Park Friday.
Firefighters responded at 12:09 p.m. to a report of a vehicle fire in front of 251 Oakhurst Place and located a mail carrier vehicle on fire.
The postal agent was able to escape the vehicle and was not injured in the incident, firefighters said.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire in about 15 minutes.
The mail inside the vehicle was transferred to another carrier.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
-- Bay City News Service
Here is the report by Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman:
San Mateo County Public Safety Communications (PSC) Dispatch Center received a report of a vehicle on fire in front of 251 Oakhurst Place in Menlo Park at 1209 p.m. Friday.
Menlo Park Fire Engine 5 arrived on-scene at 1214 pm and Captain Tony Eggimann reported that they had a US Postal Service Mail Carrier Vehicle on Fire. The postal agent was safely outside of the vehicle and uninjured.
The crew of Engine 5 deployed a single attack line and quickly and carefully extinguished the fire within fifteen minutes. Captain Eggimann said “once we saw it was a mail delivery vehicle on fire we approached with caution not knowing if the contents had started the fire. Once we determined that was not the case, we focused our efforts to protecting the contents and then extinguishing the main body of the fire”.
Firefighters stayed on-scene until the mail was safely transferred to another carriers vehicle. The damaged delivery vehicle was removed from the neighborhood around 2 pm.
Fire Chief Schapelhouman said “we understand that delivery of the mail was temporarily disrupted to 300 of 400 customers in the Suburban Park Area The Postal Service will be conducting an investigation of the fire but also addressing the damaged and destroyed mail with their customers on this route."