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
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.
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.
Cell phone video from Woodstown American Legion Ambulance Association. All or just about every piece of emergency response equipment is destroyed. All ambulances destroyed/badly damaged as well. Live @ 12:30 @6abc pic.twitter.com/iPSRaFIW5h— Bob Brooks (@BobBrooks6abc) February 19, 2018