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Smoke, crackle and pop

A carrier’s observation during a fire helped prevent a bigger catastrophe

A smiling man stands in front of a postal delivery vehicle

Rural Carrier Michael Miller was delivering mail in Gallipolis, OH, last fall when he saw leaves ablaze near a house.

The Postal Service employee called 911 and knocked on the front door to alert the residents, but no one answered. He then ran to the rear of the home and banged on another entrance.

Miller soon saw smoke billowing from the roof and heard popping noises inside, so he quickly retreated to safety.

When emergency responders arrived, Miller told them he saw a gas meter on the side of the home. Police called the gas company, which was able to turn the meter off remotely.

“No residents were home at the time of the fire and the neighbors of the community are thankful for his heroic actions,” said local Postmaster Mary McCalla.