Elkton-area truck fire

This photo shows the charred remains of a pickup truck, after a blaze ripped through the vehicle on Saturday morning while it was parked outside a residence near Elkton. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, as of Tuesday.

ELKTON – An investigation is continuing after a blaze destroyed a pickup truck parked outside a residence near Elkton over the weekend, according to the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A neighbor called 911 at 8:31 a.m. on Saturday after discovering the burning truck in the 400 block of Highland Drive, fire officials reported.

Approximately 10 firefighters with area volunteer fire companies battled the blaze for about 20 minutes, before bringing it under control, fire officials said. Singerly Volunteer Fire Co. of Elkton served as the on-scene command unit, fire officials added.

The blaze caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, which was totaled, according to Sr. Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver J. Alkire, an agency spokesman. Contents were not reported damaged.

Investigators identified Richard and Stephanie Klair as the owners of the truck.

MOSFM detectives determined that the blaze started inside the truck’s engine compartment, but, as of Tuesday, the cause of the fire remained under investigation, Alkire reported.

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