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Loaner car catches on fire in Orrington

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

ORRINGTON, Maine — A rental or loaner car caught fire just after noon Tuesday and stopped traffic while firefighters from Orrington and neighboring Brewer extinguished the flames, Orrington Fire Chief Mike Spencer said Wednesday.

The older-model Saturn caught fire on Route 15 near the Brewer-Orrington town line at around 12:15 p.m.

“Nobody was hurt, but the car was demolished,” Spencer said.

A woman was driving the car that caught fire, he said. Her name and the company that rented her the vehicle were not available on Wednesday.

“The car was a rental car or a loaner car, and she said she was having problems and heard a noise,” Spencer said. “I would assume there was something wrong with it.”

Orrington firefighters Ron Stewart, John Sullivan and Greg Spencer arrived on the scene first and were joined within minutes by Brewer firefighters Lt. Mike Mullen and Bill Reaviel.

The front of the car was fully in flames when firefighters arrived, Spencer said.

The roadway was not closed, but once the first car to come upon the burning car stopped, the rest followed suit, the fire chief said.

It took about 25 minutes to extinguish the fire and clear the roadway, Spencer said.

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