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Police investigating Route 9 fire that destroyed vehicle

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
Someone driving on Route 9 in Osborn sent this photo of a car that caught fire just before nooon on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

OSBORN, Maine — A fire Friday that destroyed a vehicle parked off Route 9 is under investigation by police, according to officials.

Allan Shorey, chief of the Osborn Fire Department, said Friday that the vehicle is a newer-model Ford Escape sport-utility vehicle. He said it was fully engulfed in flames when it was spotted shortly before noon by a passerby about 50 feet south of Route 9 on a dead-end logging road.

“There was nobody in it or around it,” Shorey said. “It was a fairly new model.”

He said about half a dozen firefighters responded and had the fire completely out in about an hour.

Shorey said a license plate that was on the vehicle indicates that it is owned by someone who lives in the Washington County town of Deblois. He said the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the fire.

Shorey said the fire was contained to the vehicle and did not spread into the woods. Had it happened at another time of year, such as after the snow melts in the spring, he added, “we would have had a major forest fire on our hands.”

A dispatcher with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that Deputy Shane Campbell was handling the case. Campbell was still at the fire scene Friday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.

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