ANSON — A postal worker was able to escape injury and save the mail she was carrying when her vehicle erupted in flames Monday afternoon.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Sheryl Lake, a U.S. Postal Service worker, who was completing her daily deliveries on Horseback Road at around 1:15 p.m. Monday. “All of a sudden there was black smoke pouring out of the hood.”

Lake was able to grab the remaining mail and only lost a few postage stamps in the fire, which destroyed her white Jeep Wrangler. There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire appears to be a problem with the engine, said Anson Fire Chief Jeremy Manzer.

“Luckily she only had a few houses left and was near the end of the route,” he said.

The fire, near 32 Horseback Road, reduced traffic to one lane for about an hour.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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