Police say a local man was lucky he was not hurt when his pickup truck burst into flames Monday, Sept. 6.

Belfast Police Officer Mike Rolerson said Gerald Grindle, 48, of Belfast was headed toward Belfast on Back Searsport Road at about noon when Grindle detected some unusual sounds coming from his 2000 Dodge.

“The owner was coming down the road and said he heard a popping sound, and then he smelled something burning,” said Rolerson.

Grindle reportedly pulled over to see what was wrong with the vehicle, at which time, Rolerson said, the truck caught fire.

Grindle was the only occupant of the truck, and he was able to exit the vehicle without sustaining any injuries.

“He got real lucky,” said Rolerson.

The Belfast Fire Department responded to the scene, as did Belfast Officer Eric Kelley, who assisted with traffic control. The road was briefly blocked to all traffic until firefighters could get the blaze under control. Rolerson said a chief concern for emergency crews was that the truck had a full tank of gas, but firefighters were able to douse the flames within minutes.

“It was just a few minutes; the fire department got there and just put the water right to it,” Rolerson said.

The pickup was deemed a total loss. A toolbox that was in the vehicle reportedly melted, but its contents did not appear to be damaged.