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January 21. 2014 11:47PM

Plow truck fire likely caused by a pile of acorns

CANDIA — Candia and Raymond Fire Departments responded to a plow-truck fire on Route 101 West Tuesday morning that Raymond fire officials say was caused by a stockpile of acorns in the engine.

No one was hurt when the plow truck, which was not in service, pulled over with a fire in the engine.

"It was a minimal fire. The breather element was clogged. It's where fresh air goes into the engine. The driver is fine. There were no injuries or problems," Raymond Deputy Chief Peter Hammond said.

Hammond said he was told it was a state truck, and he believes it was being taken to be sold at auction.

"This wasn't a truck in service, it wasn't being used. The driver had a chase vehicle, so once he saw the smoke he just got out and waited for firefighters to arrive," Hammond said.

While he has seen fires started by food stockpiles by rodents in the past, Hammond said this is the first time he has ever seen one start a fire in a moving truck.Hammond said where the truck pulled over, which was by mile marker 109, is only a couple hundred feet past Raymond into Candia.

"It's the end of our town and the end of their town, so it was a run for both of us to get there, almost three miles," Hammond said.

Raymond was first on the scene, followed by a truck from Candia.

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