BREWER, Maine — Quick thinking by a trash truck driver Monday likely prevented serious injury after his load caught fire, according to police.

Brewer police and fire officials were called to the parking lot adjacent to St. Teresa’s Church on South Main Street shortly before 11 a.m., according to Sgt. Paul Gauvin.

Gauvin said the driver, whose name was not disclosed, noticed his load was on fire while loading contents of a trash bin into the truck.

“He looked in and thought he put out the fire and he didn’t,” the sergeant said.

The driver subsequently dumped the burning load into the parking lot and firefighters arrived quickly and knocked the flames down, Gauvin said.

The sergeant also praised the driver’s awareness.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” Gauvin said.

The truck, which had no visible damage, is owned by Pine Tree Waste Services.

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