VASSALBORO — A woman was injured when her car veered off the road, struck a home and caught fire Thursday, according to authorities.

At about 11 p.m. Thursday night, the Vassalboro Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle that had caught fire after crashing into a home and telephone pole at 933 Main St.

Firefighters respond to an crash Thursday night after a car hit a utility pole and a house before igniting at 933 Main St. in Vassalboro. Courtesy of the Vassalboro Fire Department

“There were skid marks … (she) lost control for some reason,” said the deputy chief of Vassalboro’s fire department, Robert Williams, on Saturday. The driver left the road and hit the corner of a house before spinning around a telephone pole, at some point catching on fire.

The driver appeared to be the sole occupant of the vehicle, Williams said.

Responding crews from the Vassalboro Fire Department, assisted by the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and Delta Ambulance, arrived to find the car fully engulfed in flames.

“It completely burned,” said Williams.


A car is destroyed by fire Thursday night after hitting a utility pole and a house on Main Street in Vassalboro. Courtesy of Vassalboro Fire Department

The operator of the vehicle escaped with minor injuries, and was transported to the MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Williams said.

Firefighters were able to put out the flames before they spread to the home, believed to be a single family residence. They cleared the scene by 1 a.m. Williams said damage to the house was only external, but its steps and mailbox were completely destroyed.

The telephone pole was not damaged enough to cause any power disruptions in the area, and will not need to be replaced, Williams said.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what caused the incident, but deputies were unavailable to comment Saturday.

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