Cooking began prematurely before a shipment of potatoes had even left the road.
Police said 57-year-old William Estabrook of Houlton knew something was wrong by the popping sound coming from his tractor trailer. He first noticed the noise around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 as he was hauling potatoes along Interstate 95 in Etna. Estabrook told police that he pulled off to the side of the road to make a check of his rig only to see that it was on fire. From a safe distance he watched as the fire spread until the truck was destroyed.
A highway closure in the area around the truck lasted about 45 minutes until emergency crews decided traffic could proceed safely again, although one lane remained closed into the next morning.
WLBZ-TV NBC 2 Bangor
The town will try an aggressive, three-pronged approach to enforce the section of its parking ordinance that prohibits vehicles from blocking Atlantic Avenue which is a fire lane and the only route for emergency vehicles to get from the fire station.
The plan stems from a wide-ranging discussion Monday between selectmen, Fire Chief Ryan Hayward and Tony Bray, the owner of the Harbor View Store and Stonecutters Kitchen, located at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Main Street.
The issue, which has been discussed several times in the past month or so, stems mainly from delivery trucks blocking Atlantic Avenue. This is not a new development, but Hayward raised concerns about it earlier this year, stressing that time is crucial on emergency calls and delays to fire trucks or other emergency vehicles could have serious consequences. The problem is greater this time of year because the store and restaurant are busier, which means that deliveries increase. According to Bray, he gets deliveries five days a week throughout the summer.
Penobscot Bay Press
Federal officials are joining the investigation into a church fire in Millinocket.
They say it was intentionally set in two places inside the Church of the Nazarene.
According to Sgt. Scott Richards of the state fire marshal's office, the pastor discovered the fire around 11 p.m. Wednesday and called 911. The pastor then used a fire extinguisher to snuff out the flames.
One of the fires was small but the other was spreading up a wall.
Richards said the building would have been destroyed if the pastor had not discovered the fire early.
Investigators are now working to determine how the fires were set and by whom. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms also is investigating.
WVII-TV ABC 7 & Fox 22 Bangor
Representatives of many law enforcement agencies, firefighters, emergency management and emergency medical responders took part in active threat/shooter training Thursday at the University of Maine at Farmington.
The training was put on by officers from the University of Maine at Farmington Campus Police Department, Farmington Police Department and Maine State Police. A representative of the University of the Maine Police Department in Orono also assisted with training equipment, including bringing nonlethal Simunition guns.
There was a briefing for participants prior to the different scenarios that would play out in UMF campus buildings.
The intent was to find out if there were weaknesses in tactics, if there was a threat or active shooter incident in Franklin County.
They would learn from any mistakes, UMF Sgt. Ryan Wagner told those gathered at Thomas Auditorium for a briefing prior to training scenarios being acted out.
Sun Journal (Lewiston)