Fire destroys 5 ambulances, causes $2M in damages

Officials say oxygen tanks inside some of the squad's ambulances exploded shortly after the fire began, helping the flames to quickly spread


Associated Press

WOODSTOWN, N.J. — Authorities say a fast-moving fire gutted an ambulance squad's building in New Jersey, destroying five ambulances and causing at least $2 million in damage overall.

The fire at the American Legion Ambulance Association, in Woodstown, broke out around 4 a.m. Monday and was extinguished about two hours later. Officials say oxygen tanks inside some of the squad's ambulances exploded shortly after the fire began, helping the flames to quickly spread.

Authorities say a fast-moving fire gutted an ambulance squad's building in New Jersey, destroying five ambulances and causing at least $2 million in damage overall. (Photo/AP)
Authorities say a fast-moving fire gutted an ambulance squad's building in New Jersey, destroying five ambulances and causing at least $2 million in damage overall. (Photo/AP)

Four squad members who were on duty at the time were inside the building when the fire erupted but were able to safely escape. Authorities say one of the workers smelled smoke and soon discovered the fire, then alerted co-workers to leave the building.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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