Truck Fire North Conway

A Conway man's pickup burns near Via Roma in North Conway on Sunday afternoon. (SAM MERCAUTO PHOTO)

CONWAY — The Route 16 corridor through North Conway was shut down for about 15 minutes Sunday afternoon as local firefighters battled a truck fire. No one was injured.

According to police, the fire was called in shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday in the vicinity of the Via Roma pizza restaurant at 2076 White Mountain Highway.

The highway was closed at 5 p.m. and reopened at 5:14 p.m., police logs show.

North Conway Fire Chief Pat Preece said the driver, Sean Shannon of Conway, had pulled over because he smelled diesel fuel and then saw the truck was on fire.

Preece said the truck was a Ford F-250 pickup and that the blaze probably resulted from a fuel leak.

Preece said firefighters extinguished the fire with water and foam. Hurteau Towing & Recovery removed the truck.

Passerby Sam Mercauto of Fryeburg, Maine, took photos with his phone and shared them with The Sun.

"I will say that the North Conway strip was subsequently coated in a gauzy black haze for a moderate period of time following the incident," said Mercauto. "It was evocative to look in the rearview mirror and see smoke billowing into the sky."

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