Calif. ambulance catches on fire while transporting patient

Video captures the ambulance engulfed in flames and loud explosions are heard as firefighters begin suppression


SAN DIEGO — An AMR ambulance caught fire while transporting a woman to the hospital Wednesday morning, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Two EMTs were transporting a patient just before 2 a.m. when they heard a loud sound come from under the hood, reported FOX 5.  

When they pulled over the engine caught fire. The EMTs evacuated the patient on a stretcher from the ambulance to a parking lot across the street. The EMTs and patient were uninjured.

Several loud explosions occurred as the ambulance’s engine continued to burn and an on-board oxygen tank exploded. The ambulance became fully engulfed in flames and was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

About 25 minutes later another ambulance arrived and transported the woman to the hospital. 

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