Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:17

Father, son escape unharmed after car catches fire in Stetson Featured

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Father, son escape unharmed after car catches fire in Stetson

STETSON - A close call for a father and son in Penobscot County after the car they're driving bursts into flames.

Authorities received a call around 6:40 Wednesday afternoon of a vehicle fire on Lakins Road in Stetson.

After investigating, a member of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office says it appears a mechanical issue sparked the fire.

"The occupants stopped to check the smell of smoke and when they did flames burst out of the engine compartment and into the passenger compartment and rapidly spread through the car," said Corporal Ryan Fitch of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office.

When Etna fire crews arrived on scene, authorities say the vehicle was fully engulfed and nearly finished.

Corporal Fitch says the fire was so hot the airbag exploded, shooting out of the car and landing on a nearby power line.

The two men escaped unharmed but their car, burned to the bare metal, is a total loss.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!