LINCOLN, Maine – Adroit workers at an Enfield Road garage prevented a vehicle fire from becoming a structure fire on Wednesday night, Fire Chief Phil Dawson said Thursday.
A pickup truck in a large garage at 554 Enfield Road caught fire and was burning when workers there pulled it out of the garage and doused the flames with a garden hose and possibly a large extinguisher, Dawson said.
“It was quick. It caught fire on them,” Dawson said Thursday. “They went down and took care of it.”
Firefighters usually don’t like it when untrained personnel take on fires. Injury can too easily result, and those battling the fire often try to douse it before calling 911, or battle the flames themselves to avoid calling for aid. This can cause critical delays that lead to needless destruction of property.
But in this case, Dawson said, it appears that the people at the scene called for help immediately — which firefighters recommend — and no injuries were reported.
“It could have been big. It would have been a big fire had it been allowed to extend,” he said. “They did a good job trying to take care of it themselves.”
When firefighters arrived, the fire was out. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera and determined that the fire had not extended into the building. Only a small circle of debris and equipment around the truck was burned.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, and Dawson said he did not know whether the pickup truck was salvageable, though he suspected it was repairable.
“It wasn’t cooked. Let’s put it that way,” he said.