A car fire in a parking lot behind 75 Water St. in Hallowell caused no injuries Tuesday, and the quick arrival of firefighters kept it from spreading to an adjacent car and a building, according to Hallowell Fire Chief Michael Grant.

Grant said the vehicle’s owner, Robert Anderson, a tenant in the building, had just returned from running an errand in Augusta and parked the car.

“He heard a loud pop, looked out back and saw the car on fire,” Grant said.

Grant said it appears the fire started in the engine compartment. The vehicle, an older model Chrysler LeBaron, was destroyed.

Firefighters got the call at 2:17 p.m. and found the fire had engulfed the vehicle when they arrived.

They were able to keep it from spreading to another LeBaron parked next to it and from igniting the building.

“We got there quick, and it was a good quick knockdown,” Grant said.

Firefighters were at the scene for about 45 minutes.

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