Ambulance goes up in flames at fire station

Calif. firefighters woke to the smell of smoke and used a garden hose to put out the blaze

ANTELOPE, Calif. — A Sacramento Metro Fire Department ambulance went up in flames inside the station as firefighters slept.

Firefighters smelled spoke aroumd 4 a.m. Tuesday. Their gear was located in the area where the ambulance was on fire, so they used a garden hose to put out the blaze, CBS13 reports.

“Our biggest goal was to get the front doors up and the engine out,” Captain Rich Rubialis said in a statement. “We wanted to protect the engine from the fire; at the same time we needed the engine to put out the fire.”

The blaze was contained to the ambulance, which was totaled. Damage is estimated at $200,000, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The department issued a replacement ambulance and service will not be affected. 

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