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Sep 11, 2015 4:44 PM

Ambulance in Sandown damaged after it catches fire on a medical call


SANDOWN - One emergency led to another after the town's only ambulance caught fire during a medical call Friday afternoon, according to the Union Leader.

The ambulance was parked near the Fox Den Retirement Community just before 2 p.m. when a fire developed in the engine compartment. The ambulance crew was inside at the time responding to the medical call.

A police officer, also responding to the same call, first spotted the flames. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and was able to put the fire out before firefighters arrived.

The fire damaged electrical equipment and the area around the engine compartment.

"Luckily it didn't get any bigger," Fire Chief Wilfred Tapley said, noting the ambulance had been parked next to the building.

The vehicle is a 1995 Ford and is the department's only one for transporting patients.

Trinity Emergency Medical Service, which also responded, transported the patient involved in the medical call.


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