Report: Training, inattention blamed for South Portland fire truck fire

FILE - South Portland's Ladder 45 (Photo courtesy of city of South Portland)

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A report done by a Maine fire department found that firefighters weren't paying attention and hadn't been properly trained when a brand new $1.1 million fire truck was seriously damaged during a training exercise.

On Friday, the South Portland Fire Department released a report into the Oct. 30 fire started after the truck's 107-foot aerial ladder hit an overhead power line, sending an electrical current that destroyed the truck's wiring systems and sparked a fire.

The truck was placed in service two days before. New guidelines have been developed to prevent a recurrence.

City Manager Scott Morelli says it was fortunate no one was injured.

The truck has been out of service since the incident. Officials are working to determine if it can be repaired.

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