State Police say a trailer  being towed by a truck and full of household items burst into flames this morning along Interstate 95 in Sidney. According to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland, the fire shut down both southbound lanes from about 7AM until the Waterville and Sidney fire departments extinguished the fire.

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The driver of the truck, Curt Hopkins of Pittsfield, 45, pulled into the breakdown lane and detached the 14-foot long trailer, near where the new Sidney-Waterville exit to is being built, McCausland said.

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According to McCausland, Hopkins was hauling the items to Florida for a client and a passerby alerted him to the fire.   No one was injured and traffic was disrupted for about an hour. The trailer and all of its contents were destroyed.  State Police Corporal Rick Moody suspected the fire may have started from a mechanical problem in the trailer’s axle, McCausland added.