MILLBROOK – Police are evacuating an area near the Truro Power Centre after an Esso fuel truck caught fire while travelling in the northbound lane of Highway 102 late Wednesday afternoon.
Several small explosions were heard, and thick, black smoke filled the air at the scene.
Townsview Estates on Abenaki Road has been evacuated, along with businesses in the Truro Power Centre.
Witnesses said a tire on the truck began smoking before the blaze occurred.
The lone male occupant of the vehicle escaped unharmed.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway between Exits 12 and 13 are now closed to traffic.
The truck was carrying a large amount of diesel fuel, and RCMP say its is concerned with the amount of fuel on the truck.
Local fire departments are on scene, along with the Transportation Infrastructure and Renewal Department and the Department of Environment.
Colchester Detachment RCMP members are investigating the fire, which was reported at 5:09 p.m.
Due to the potential for explosions, the public is requested to stay away from the area.