Vehicle sustains heavy damage after catching fire

By Ben Holbrook | Jul 14, 2014
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Belfast — A Morrill woman escaped injury after a fire ignited under the hood of her vehicle the evening of Saturday, July 12.

Mariah Lapham was driving on Starrett Drive after leaving Subway in a 2010 Mazda at about 9:01 p.m. Lapham noticed some smoke coming out from under the hood of her vehicle and when she pulled onto the Route 1 on-ramp, more smoke began to pour out, Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department said.

A passerby saw Lapham's vehicle and told her to get out of the car when flames appeared from underneath the hood. Sgt. Brian Lunt and Officer Matthew Cook responded to the car fire and attempted to put out the flames with dry chemical extinguishers. Cunningham said officers were able to knock the fire down, but it flared up again soon after.

The Belfast Fire Department responded to the fire and extinguished the flames.

Cunningham said the vehicle was towed from the scene after sustaining significant damage.


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