Five-Alarm Fire Destroys 10 Trailers in Old Orchard Beach

The Maine Forest Rangers are investigating a 5-alarm fire in Old Orchard beach that destroyed 10 trailers at the Wagon Wheel RV Resort and Campground, reports WCSH 6 Portland.

Six other trailers were also damaged. Old Orchard Beach Fire Chief John Glass said that a train sparked that fire, along with many others up and down the tracks from Old Orchard Beach to Scarborough. He was not sure whether it was a passenger train or a freight train.

“It is very unusual to have this many going for that period of time. Apparently, the fires were burning a little while before we got the information and they started getting reported,” Glass said.

Patricia Quinn, the executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, said the Amtrak Downeaster did not cause the fire. The Downeaster train that was on the track at the time was inspected in Boston and showed no damage or other signs of being involved.

Witnesses at the campground said they saw two trains go by just before the fire.

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