ROCKLAND, Maine — A Jeep Wrangler was destroyed Tuesday morning after it caught fire on Main Street.
The driver escaped without injuries.
Main Street by the Apprenticeshop was closed and traffic rerouted for at least a half hour as fire trucks responded to put out the blaze shortly after 7 a.m.
Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock said a man was driving to the Apprenticeshop when he noticed that a fire had broken out in the rear of his vehicle. He pulled over to the side of Main Street and tried to get out some belongings from the back but was forced back by the flames.
The vehicle then rolled down the driveway of the school that teaches wooden boat building and sailing skills and struck a rock. The chief said it was fortunate that the vehicle did not strike any buildings or end up in Rockland Harbor.
There had been a gasoline can in the back of the Jeep which helped fuel the fire, the chief said. The state fire marshal’s office was called in to help determine the origin of the fire but it was not considered suspicious, he said.
He said the name of the motorist could be released later after the fire marshal completes its investigation.