Blaze destroys mail delivery truck

A fire caused by mechanical problems ruined a United States Postal Service truck and the mail it contained Feb. 16 on Rose Street.

By: Leon Tovey
   A mechanical problem caused a fire that destroyed a United States Postal Service truck Feb. 16 on Rose Street in Brunswick Acres, police said.
   The fire, which also destroyed all the mail inside the truck, was reported at 3:40 p.m. by the truck’s driver, 37-year-old Albert Lee, police said. The Kendall Park Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze within 15 minutes, police said.
   No one was injured in the fire, police said.
   Brunswick Acres resident Ken Gleason, who witnessed the fire, said Mr. Lee lives on Rose Street. Mr. Lee had gone into his house to get something and found his truck smoking when he returned, Mr. Gleason said via telephone Thursday afternoon.
   "A bunch of the neighbors went out and started throwing snow on it," Mr. Gleason said. "And I joined in to help, but it just torched and we had to wait for the fire trucks."
   Police said the truck was based at the North Brunswick Post Office and contained mail from the south end of North Brunswick near Finnegan’s Lane — though there was no estimate of how much as of Thursday evening.
   Anyone with questions about the destroyed mail can contact the United States Postal Service at 1 (800) 275-8777 or the North Brunswick Post Office at (732) 247-9043.