FAIRFIELD, Maine — A car was destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning, and part of Norridgewock Road was shut down for about an hour as firefighters battled the blaze.

Fairfield Fire Chief Duane Bickford said Wednesday the vehicle’s owner, Robert Morin, 47, was at Bill’s Auto Salvage purchasing parts when an employee noticed smoke billowing from Morin’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Am.

The business owner alertly noticed the fire and pushed the car away from the building with a front-loader, and then called 911, Bickford said. The owner’s reaction likely salvaged his business, the fire chief said.

“It definitely saved the fire from extending,” Bickford said.

The car was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters got to the scene, Bickford said. Waterville firefighters were called in for mutual aid.

The two departments got the fire under control in about an hour, Bickford said. A mechanical problem with the vehicle is believed to be the cause, he said. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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