Vehicle fire shuts down Interstate 95 in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH — A vehicle fire on the Piscataqua Bridge brought traffic to a halt on Interstate 95 North on Feb. 6, after a 2007 GMC Acadia burst into flames around 8:00 a.m.

New Hampshire State Police were alerted to the incident and upon arriving at the scene, discovered the disabled vehicle fully engulfed.

Troopers reported that the SUV had been traveling north when it suffered a catastrophic failure and came to a stop.

Before the fire erupted, all four occupants managed to escape the vehicle unharmed.

Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the mechanical failure that led to the fire.

The blaze necessitated the closure of all four lanes, with traffic being diverted for about 90 minutes.

Responding to the emergency were units from the New Hampshire State Police, assisted by neighboring Kittery, Maine Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments, and Dana’s Towing.

The collaborative effort ensured the safety of motorists and the quick reopening of the interstate.

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