A mechanical issue is believed to have been the cause of a fire that destroyed a Land Rover SUV on Gardiner Road (Route 27) in Dresden the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 12. The three occupants of the vehicle are safe.
The fire closed the road while firefighters extinguished the blaze and cleared the scene.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Dennison said Jeffrey Sandner, of Newcastle, was driving the SUV south near 251 Gardiner Road when the transmission started to malfunction.
Sandner pulled over and the vehicle started to smoke. Sandner and his two passengers exited the vehicle safely before the fire became fully involved.
Lincoln County Communications dispatched the Dresden Fire Department shortly after 2:30 p.m.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Wiscasset Fire Department also responded to the scene.