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Video shows USPS truck catch on fire in Northland

Posted: 10:25 PM, Jan 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-25 23:16:23-05
USPS truck fire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Video shows a USPS truck engulfed in a large fire on a Northland street Wednesday.

"We heard the mailman spinning his tires," said John Harris who lives on Marsten Avenue two blocks south of Barry Road.

Harris went back inside until he heard a pop.

"I came out and his undercarriage was starting to burn," said Harris. "After that I just took video and watched it burn."

A nearby doorbell camera shows the truck stopped in the road before it caught on fire and began to roll down the hill.

While the fiery vehicle did not cause any damage, it came real close.

"The neighbors truck was out and I was really worried about it hitting some of the houses further down the hill," said Harris.

No one was injured.

The Kansas City Fire Department the caused of the fire was undetermined, but most likely mechanical malfunction.

USPS sent the following statement to 41 Action News:

This is an ongoing investigation. Customers will receive a letter from the Postal Service addressing any concerns with mail that may have been lost. We apologize to our customers for this unfortunate situation. Fortunately, our carrier escaped the fire unharmed.