Driver escapes injury in Ellsworth car fire



Firefighters check for hot spots on a vehicle that caught on fire while it was being driven on the Bucksport Road Friday morning. The driver escaped injury. The firefighter in the foreground is waiting for foam to discharge from the hose before using it on the vehicle. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER
Firefighters check for hot spots on a vehicle that caught on fire while it was being driven on the Bucksport Road Friday morning. The driver escaped injury. The firefighter in the foreground is waiting for foam to discharge from the hose before using it on the vehicle.
PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

ELLSWORTH — A Hulls Cove man was uninjured Friday morning after the vehicle he was driving caught fire on the Bucksport Road.

Lt. Gary Saunders of the Ellsworth Fire Department said Mike Olson was headed west on the Bucksport Road shortly after 8 a.m. in a Subaru station wagon when a fire started in the area of the vehicle’s rear differential.

Saunders speculated that some type of mechanical malfunction may have caused the fire, which was largely contained to the area of the rear differential but did cause some damage to the rear passenger seating area.

Olson pulled the vehicle over and used a fire extinguisher, and Saunders said there was no fire visible when firefighters arrived on scene.

Traffic on the Bucksport Road was stopped for a short while, and then reduced to alternating one-lane traffic as firefighters checked the vehicle for hot spots and doused any they found. A flatbed truck then removed the car from the scene.

Saunders said he did not know if the vehicle could be salvaged.

Six firefighters responded to the call, and Ellsworth police provided traffic control at the scene, located between Dollard Farm Way and Catherine Avenue.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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