Logging truck burns in Millinocket

Posted July 26, 2012, at 8:55 p.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — An 18-wheel logging truck from Howland was destroyed by a fire as it traveled on Roberts Road near the East Millinocket town line Thursday. The driver was uninjured, firefighters said.

Driver Mike Landry of M. Landry Logging Inc. of Howland was headed to pick up a load of wood when he noticed smoke. When he pulled over, smoke started pouring from the front vents and he called 911, East Millinocket fire Capt. Peter Larlee said.

The truck was a total loss, Larlee said.

“It was burned down on the ground when we got in there. Due to cellphone reception and it being so long away, we never really had much of a chance,” Larlee said Thursday.

Firefighters from Millinocket and East Millinocket were called to respond because it was unclear where exactly the fire occurred. East Millinocket got there first, Larlee said.

Millinocket Acting Fire Chief Thomas Malcolm did not return telephone messages left Thursday.

The fire was reported shortly after noon.

An empty logging truck might seem an unlikely ignition point, but these trucks typically have many fiberglass parts, including fenders, hoods and cabs, Larlee said.

Firefighters did not find any suspicious cause to the fire, attributing it to the dry weather and the engine heat such trucks typically generate, Larlee said.

A new truck would cost as much as $150,000, Larlee said.

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