February 25, 2020
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Cigarette ignites fire at former junkyard in Maine

AUBURN, Maine — A discarded cigarette is cited as the cause of a fire at a former junkyard in Auburn that consumed a pile of tires and several vehicles.

The Sun Journal said the Monday morning fire also caused several gas tanks to explode, sending a plume of thick, black smoke over South Auburn.

Fire officials said John McLean, who bought the property about five years ago, was separating the junk into piles when he tossed a cigarette butt that ignited some leaves and then spread to a tire pile.

Fire departments from Auburn, Minot and New Gloucester were battling the blaze.

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