May 25, 2018
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Vehicle fire stops I-95 traffic just south of Newport

Nick McCrea | BDN
Nick McCrea | BDN
The remains of a Volvo that caught fire and stopped traffic along Interstate 95 south of Newport late Friday afternoon.
By Nick McCrea, Special to the BDN

PALMYRA, Maine — A vehicle fire halted traffic for about an hour along Interstate 95 south of Newport late Friday afternoon.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, the driver of a Volvo station wagon had a service light turn on and pulled over to the side of the road just north of mile marker 154 in the southbound lane, according to Newport Fire Department Assistant Chief Ricky Turner.

Shortly after the vehicle stopped, the car caught fire, he said. The fire started in the engine and spread to the fuel tank.

Traffic was stopped to allow fire crews to douse the flames with water and foam.

“It was a very stubborn fire,” said Turner.

After about an hour, traffic was allowed to move again. Only the shell of the vehicle remained.

Maine State Police assisted at the scene.

BDN writers Dawn Gagnon and Alex Barber contributed to this report.

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