UPS truck inferno may have been caused by package

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HMN-UPS is working with officials to help pinpoint whether a package was the cause of a UPS vehicle fire in Pennsylvania.  Moments  before the inferno the driver claimed to have heard hissing coming from the rear package area.  (Penn Live)

A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal has determined the source of an explosion and fire that incinerated a UPS truck in northwestern Pa. Tuesday was in the rear package area, according to WNEP-TV.

Now, UPS officials are working with state and local officials to pinpoint whether one of the packages actually caused the inferno.

The UPS driver, who was making delivery rounds in Pike County, Pa., said he was in the back of his truck with the packages when he heard a hissing sound, apparently coming from one of the items.

Soon after, the UPS truck promptly exploded into flames in Matamoras, Pa., just after noon Tuesday, with the alert driver getting out just in time.

WNEP now reports the driver, who was not named in the story, was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The investigation into the explosion and fire, led by Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, continues.

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