The charred remains of a 2000 Sterling dump truck await evaluation from an insurance adjustor. The truck caught fire while being used to plow snow in Winter Harbor the morning of Dec. 31. TATUM MCLEAN PHOTO

Winter Harbor plow truck destroyed by fire

WINTER HARBOR — A snow plow driver made a brief stop on Main Street Dec. 31, during which time the truck he had been driving caught fire.

Winter Harbor Fire Chief Tatum McLean said the driver was plowing snow early New Year’s Eve day when he stopped at a business at 303 Main St. in Winter Harbor. The driver parked the vehicle but left it running while going inside to use the restroom.

He returned to find smoke and flames coming from under the dash. At 6:52 a.m., after an unsuccessful attempt to put out the fire himself, the driver called 911.

“By the time we got there, [the fire] was fully involved,” McLean said, adding the flames were visible from a distance.

It took firefighters about five minutes to extinguish the fire, said McLean, adding that the 2000 Sterling dump truck will most likely be a total loss.

McLean said the cause was probably electrical.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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