Texas ambulance catches fire during patient transport
The ambulance crew was alerted to the fire by a bystander
By Laura French
PECOS COUNTY, Texas — A Texas ambulance caught fire Monday while transporting a patient.
Pecos County EMS reported that crewmembers were transporting the patient and a family member to another EMS entity waiting for them at the hospital when, about two blocks away from the hospital, a bystander alerted the crew to flames coming from the front passenger's side.
The paramedic who was driving the rig pulled over and he and his partner immediately removed the patient and family member to a safe location with assistance from the bystander, who also called 911. The EMS providers then used the on-board fire extinguisher on the flames until firefighters arrived. No one was injured in the incident.
"We would like to take the time to thank the bystander, Mr. Blake Heflin on scene that assisted our medics, Monahan's Volunteer Fire Department, Law Enforcement and Ward EMS for their assistance during this time," Pescos County EMS officials said in a statement. "We are truly grateful that everyone is safe."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.