Truck carrying carnival ride catches fire on I-95, closes southbound lanes near Newport

Posted Aug. 05, 2013, at 1:03 p.m.

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PLYMOUTH, Maine — A vehicle fire halted traffic along the southbound lanes on Interstate 95 just before noon Monday.

The rear end of a truck hauling a carnival ride caught fire just past Exit 161, about 1,000 feet from the Newport town line, according to Walter Gibbons, a Plymouth firefighter and EMT.

No one was injured.

“I would say it’s a total loss. Some of the equipment is damaged in the back too,” he said. “I believe it’s some type of ride for the fair. It will be one less attraction at the Skowhegan Fair, unfortunately.”

The owner of the carnival ride could not be immediately reached for comment.

The blaze was knocked down by Plymouth firefighters in 5-10 minutes, said Gibbons. Traffic was stopped in both southbound lanes until the fire was under control. One lane was opened before 12:30 p.m.

“It was a relatively easy car fire,” he said. “The hardest part was putting the hose back on the truck.”

Maine State Police and Maine Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.