A tractor-trailer fire on Route 3 closed the road for about two hours and spilled diesel Wednesday night.

The fire at the intersection of Route 3, which is North Belfast Avenue in that part of Augusta, and Church Hill Road, closed down parts of the road.

Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette said the fire department knocked the fire down in about 20 minutes after it was reported at 6:46 p.m.

Audette said the fire was in the truck’s cab, which was destroyed. The trailer was empty, but usually hauled wood chips. Audette said Wednesday night he didn’t know the name of the driver or who he hauled for, but the driver was not injured.

Audette said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Sgt. Vincente Morris of the Augusta Police Department said the truck was owner-operated, but police couldn’t release the driver’s name or any other information Wednesday night.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was also at the scene to collect the diesel in the truck and clean up whatever had spilled,

Patten Williams, of Augusta, who was at the scene said the fire was near Twins Country Store.

Estimates by officials at the scene were there were about 150 gallons of diesel fuel in the truck’s tank.

Augusta Police Department were both on the scene


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