Dramatic video shows a United States Postal Service truck on fire in Spring Hill Sunday afternoon.
Residents tell News Channel 8 they were shocked when they looked outside and saw fire shooting into the air.
They called 911 around 2:45 p.m. Sunday when the truck burst into flames along Matheson Avenue.
“I stop down the corner and I see the flames coming out,” said Felipe Vacques who was visiting family members in the neighborhood.
Real estate agent Kim Whalen of Tropic Shores Realty was showing a home in the neighborhood and said she witnessed the unidentified driver working to remove the packages from the truck. Whalen shot video of the fire.
Neighbors commended that driver for her quick actions.
“She’s a hero,” said Ralph, who didn’t want to give his last name. “People wouldn’t be getting their mail. The girl emptied out the truck by herself,” he said.
An official with the Hernando County Fire Rescue Department said on scene crews reported that the fire started in the engine compartment.
No one was hurt.
A spokeswoman with the USPS sent the following statement to News Channel 8:
The incident posted on your website is currently being investigated. The safety and well-being of our employees and customers is the highest priority for the Postal Service. There were no injuries and all mail was collected, secured and delivered the same day.