Ellsworth Deputy Fire Chief Gary Saunders (left) talks with the owner of a Jeep Cherokee Friday morning behind First National Bank in Ellsworth after the vehicle caught fire. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

Family safe after Jeep catches fire in Ellsworth on Friday

ELLSWORTH — A family was safe Friday morning after the vehicle they were traveling in caught fire.

Ellsworth Deputy Fire Chief Gary Saunders said the Jeep Cherokee was at First National Bank in front of the Maine Coast Mall when the driver noticed flames coming from the back of the vehicle.

That man managed to get the vehicle, which was towing a small, empty trailer, pulled over on the back side of the bank. He and his family got out safely, Saunders said, and another person at the scene had a fire extinguisher that was used to knock down the flames.

Two fire trucks and their crews arrived on scene and made sure hot spots were doused the fire was fully extinguished.

Saunders said a vehicle malfunction involving the Jeep’s exhaust system appears to have been the cause of the fire. Part of the vehicle’s rear bumper appeared to have melted.

The owner of the Jeep was making arrangements to have it towed following the fire.

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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