ELLSWORTH — Firefighters made quick work of a fire that started near the cab of fuel tanker truck driving on Oak Street Monday night.
“The guys did a fantastic job stopping it before it got out of control,” said Ellsworth Deputy Fire Chief Gary Saunders.
The call came in around 10:30 p.m. about the fuel tanker, which had stopped at 50 Oak St. upon discovering the fire. Saunders said the tanker had been carrying 3,000 gallons of fuel oil.
“The fire was oriented in the rear tandem axle wheel of the cab portion of the truck and the fire was contained to that area, although it did scorch the tank so it was close,” Saunders said. “We were expecting a big tanker fire but they were able to knock it down.”
A mechanical failure is thought to have started the fire.
The Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit is investigating.
Hancock Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid.
Saunders said the Lamoine and Trenton departments were initially called out as well but then called off when the fire was under control.