2 Ind. EMS members hospitalized after station fire ruins rigs

Area agencies donated two fully-stocked rigs after the fire left Parke County EMS with only one functional ambulance

By Leila Merrill

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. — Two Parke County EMS employees were hospitalized after a fire at the station destroyed one ambulance and damaged two others early Wednesday, WTWO/WAWV reported.

The fire began in the engine compartment of an ambulance. The building has smoke damage and will need a multi-million-dollar repair.

The agency lost all its medical supplies and a lot of equipment. It was left with one fully functional and staffed rig.

Two employees who were asleep at the time woke to a loud bang and smoke, said Director Julie Lanzone.

“My heroes went to the other side and got trucks out,” Lanzone said. “Got all the equipment they could out of the building and went and got a fire extinguisher and cut the fire down enough it didn’t tear up the building more until the Fire Department got here.”

The two employees were treated and released from the hospital.

To help keep the station functioning, Morgan County EMS and Illiana EMS each donated a fully stocked ambulance, Parke County EMS posted on Facebook Thursday.

While the agency has received medical supplies, it continues to accept donations.

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