Orono truck fire closes Stillwater for nearly 25 minutes

Posted Jan. 04, 2011, at 9:58 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — A Sorrento man who was getting off Interstate 95 on Tuesday morning at the Stillwater Avenue exit heard a popping sound, then saw flames as his truck caught fire, Orono fire Lt. Bryan Hardison said.

The Orono Fire Department received the call at around 8:15 a.m., and when firefighters arrived the 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck was in flames, he said.

“It had some sort of mechanical problem getting off the interstate,” Hardison said. “It ignited underneath” and the flames spread through the small truck.

“It was a total loss,” he added. “It’s totally gutted.”

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The truck’s bed was “full of stuff” and everything was destroyed in the fire, Hardison said.

The driver, Mark Calcia, was not hurt.

“I just heard a big boom and then fire started pouring out,” he told a Bangor Daily News photographer as firefighters extinguished the fire.

The I-95 exit 193 offramp and Stillwater Avenue were closed for 20 to 25 minutes as a crew of four firefighters from Orono put out the fire and removed the truck, Hardison said.

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