WINSLOW, Maine — An electrical issue is to blame for a fire that destroyed a sport utility vehicle Monday morning, according to police.

A woman was returning to her Winslow home after running errands in Waterville shortly after 10 a.m. when her vehicle started stalling, as if it was going to run out of gas, according to Winslow police Lt. Josh Veilleux.

Once the driver, whom police did not identify, exited the vehicle, it began billowing smoke, Veilleux said, and subsequently erupted into flames.

The woman, who was not injured, called 911, and Winslow police and fire officials were on the scene quickly, Veilleux said.

The woman’s residence is located a short distance from the fire department, so firefighters were able to contain the blaze quickly, Veilleux said.

The lieutenant said a mechanical or electrical issue with the Buick SUV was the cause of the fire, which is not being deemed suspicious. The woman had not had any issues with her vehicle prior to Monday, Veilleux said.

Officials were on scene for about a half hour, according to Veilleux.

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