WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A Wichita Falls mail delivery truck that burst into flames last Friday morning is another in a series of fires plaguing the aging postal service vehicles.
A cause has not been released for the fire which happened at the corner of Heather lane and Picasso drive.
Fire investigators said the driver reported hearing a loud pop in the engine compartment and pulled over as heavy smoke began coming from the engine.
He began to pull mail out as it burned, and when firefighters arrived they assisted him in getting the mail out before they got the fire out.
They said it was fully involved when they arrived.
A resident said she heard an explosion and saw the truck erupt in flames.
Around 400 fires have been reported in the Grumman trucks which have been in service since 1987, with the last deliveries being made in 1994.
According to the postal times, 15 of the trucks have caught fire since June.
Starting points have been listed as the fuel pumps, dashboards and battery compartments.
UPDATE: October 12, 2020 12:30 p.m.
A Wichita Falls mail delivery truck that burst into flames last Friday morning is another in a series of fires plaguing the aging postal service vehicles.
A cause has not been released for the fire which happened at the corner of Heather Lane and Picasso Drive
It happened shortly before 11:30 a.m., on the corner of Heather Lane and Picasso Drive.
A witness said she saw the mail truck explode into flames and that the mail carrier got out, and then got as much mail out as he could.
We’re working to find out the condition of the driver and the status of the mail.
Continue to stick with Texoma’s Homepage for the latest.
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Wichita Falls Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle fire on the corner of Heather Lane and Picasso Drive Friday morning.
Shortly before 11:30 a.m. the Wichita Falls Fire Department was called out to Heather Lane and Picasso Drive for a mail truck fully engulfed.
There is currently no information on the drivers condition and on the mail that was in the truck at the time of the fire.
This is a developing story. Stick with TexomasHomePage for updates.