St. John Valley

Utility truck catches fire after striking power line in Frenchville

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Frenchville firefighters extinguished a burning utility truck after it made contact with a power line on Wednesday morning.

The volunteer firefighters responded shortly before 10:30 a.m. to a 911 caller’s report that a truck was on fire at Ed Pelletier and Sons potato house on Frenchville Road.

A woman was operating the truck’s boom to change a bulb on a light pole when the arm of the boom lift made contact with the wire.

The electricity generated by the contact between the truck and the power line caused the fire.

Versant Power temporarily disconnected electricity at the scene so the firefighters could put out the truck fire.

No one was injured, including the woman who had been operating the truck, according to Chief Parent.

“She was very lucky,” Chief Peter Parent said.

He added that the truck was most likely a total loss.

The firefighters were finished at the scene at 11:15 a.m.

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