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FedEx driver saves packages from truck fire in Mineola


Garden City firefighters battle a fully engulfed Fed Ex truck fire on Old Country Road in Mineola on Friday, March 17, 2017. (Credit: Newsday/Sarah Armaghan)

A FedEx driver came to the rescue of some of his packages Friday after his delivery truck caught fire in Mineola.

Nassau County fire officials said the truck blaze occurred on Old Country Road near Fourth Avenue at 9:47 a.m. Firefighters from the Garden City Fire Department responded and put out the blaze — but not before it destroyed the truck, burning through the roof and side of the delivery vehicle.

The driver, who declined to give his name, said he was driving the truck when he noticed smoke coming from the rear cab and saw that a small package was on fire.

“I had a water bottle and I used it to try to put it out,” the driver said. He said he then pulled the truck over on the westbound side of Old Country Road at the corner of Fourth Avenue.

“I got out of the truck and went to the back and started pulling out packages,” said the driver, who said he is a firefighter himself, in Elmont. Video shows another FedEx worker and a police officer helped pull the boxes piled on the ground behind the truck away from the fire.

The driver said he was not injured. About a dozen packages that were saved were then loaded onto another FedEx truck, ensuring at least some customers received their parcels.

Police officers closed down a several-block stretch of Old Country Road while firefighters from Garden City battled the flames on the fully engulfed truck. Rakes were used to comb through the charred remains of packages.

With John Valenti

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