‘I’m just grateful’: Watertown letter carrier saves residents from burning home

WATERTOWN, Mass. — A Watertown letter carrier is getting praise Thursday night for jumping into action as soon as she saw a house fire on her afternoon route.

“I heard really loud knocks on my door I came down,” said neighbor, Mayra Guerra.

The urgent knocking that neighbors on Maple Street heard alerted them to a massive fire that was spreading fast, and it wasn’t long before flames were shooting through the roof of a multi-family home.

“I’m super thankful someone was able to let us know the fire was right next to our fence if our fence caught on fire it would’ve been seconds before our house caught on fire a well,” said Guerra.

Guerra says her letter carrier is the one who deserves the praise, for pounding on the doors of her neighbors, whose homes were at risk of catching fire, after she first made sure the people who were in the burning home got out safely.

“She was screaming because it kept going back she was like get out of there get out of there,” said neighbor, Fabio Mendes.

The six people who live in the multi-family home ravaged by flames lost everything but were unharmed.

Mendes calls his letter carrier a hero.

“We’re just thankful everyone made it out okay,” said Mendes.

In a matter of minutes the fire went from a small section in the back corner to a force to be reckoned with, filling the neighborhood with a thick cloud of smoke.

The extent of the damage was revealed when the flames were finally out and neighbors can’t help how much worse the outcome could have been if their letter carrier hadn’t acted so quickly.

“She stayed here and made sure everyone was okay,” said Guerra. “I’m just grateful.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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