UPDATE: Fire damages mail delivery truck

About 150 pieces of mail were damaged after an engine fire decimated a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck.
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Findlay firefighters responded to a fire that “completely destroyed” the vehicle’s engine compartment at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at 631 Bright Road, said Matt Pickett, the department’s fire investigator.

The truck engine stalled during the mail carrier’s route on Bright Road, Pickett said. The carrier restarted it and smoke emitted as he called his supervisor, Pickett said.

The delivery truck was a late 1980s or early 1990s vehicle with about 162,000 miles on its odometer, he said.

“You do run into it more with a later-model vehicle,” he said.

No one was injured and it remains unclear how much damage was done, Pickett said.

Mail carriers will deliver what can be salvaged, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Van Allen.

Affected residents will receive a letter informing them of the damage and a contact for more information, Van Allen said.

The 150 damaged letters and packages were spread over 12 remaining deliveries on the post-holiday route, Van Allen said.

“He was at the end of his route,” Van Allen said.

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