NC paramedic hospitalized after ambulance fire

The Onslow County medic suffered smoke inhalation trying to save equipment from the burning rig


By Laura French

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina paramedic was transported to the hospital after their ambulance caught fire on Tuesday morning. 

The Onslow County EMS crew was on standby between calls when they began to smell a burning odor inside the rig, according to WITN. The crew pulled the rig into a gas station and saw the check engine light come on, and then saw smoke. 

An Onslow County EMS ambulance caught fire Tuesday morning, causing one paramedic to suffer smoke inhalation.
An Onslow County EMS ambulance caught fire Tuesday morning, causing one paramedic to suffer smoke inhalation. (Photo/Onslow County, N.C.)

The EMS providers managed to safely evacuate from the ambulance, but one of the paramedics tried to save some equipment from the burning rig and suffered smoke inhalation, officials said. The paramedic was transported to the hospital and county officials said they are doing well. 

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

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