Auburn Firefighters Handle 2nd Vehicle Fire In 12 Hours

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The Auburn Fire Department extinguished a second vehicle fire Thursday morning.
The Auburn Fire Department extinguished a second vehicle fire Thursday morning. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Fire Department extinguished its second vehicle fire in a 12-hour period on Thursday morning when a snow-plow truck caught fire on Prospect Street, according to Fire Chief Stephen Coleman.

At 5 a.m., firefighters were called to 183 Prospect St. for a truck fire. Upon arrival, the crew found a one-ton dump truck on fire, Coleman said. The fire was contained to the engine compartment, not extending into the cab.

The operator of the truck was out plowing snow and saw sparks, thinking the plow was hitting the ground. But when he stopped to check the plow, flames came out from under the truck, according to Coleman.

The truck is owned by Raymond Robichaud of Auburn. There were no injuries, Coleman said.

Less then 12 hours earlier, the Fire Department extinguished an SUV fire on the Massachusetts Turnpike during Wednesday evening’s rush hour.

At 5:20 p.m., the Fire Department received a call about  a car fire at the 87-mile marker westbound, on the Auburn/Oxford line. Fire Engine One from Auburn’s West Street fire station found a 2003 Chevy Suburban SUV fully engulfed in flames, Coleman said.

A motor home was towing the SUV. Its driver pulled over and disconnected the vehicle from the motor home before the motor home was damaged, Coleman said. Thomas Linardo of Sicklerville, N.J., owns the vehicle. 

An overheated rotor on the Suburban caused the fire, according to Coleman. The vehicle sustained heavy fire damage to its front end and interior.

The crew extinguished the fire and cleared the scene by 6:25 p.m. No injuries were reported, according to the Massachusetts State Police. 

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