Archive

Fire destroys squad’s 5 ambulances, causes $2M in damage | TribLIVE.com
News

Fire destroys squad’s 5 ambulances, causes $2M in damage

The Associated Press
AmbulanceSquadFire97703jpgd73aa
Matt Gray/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.
AmbulanceSquadFire56018jpg1ef40
Matt Gray/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.

WOODSTOWN, N.J. — A fast-moving fire has gutted an ambulance squad’s building in New Jersey, destroying five ambulances and causing at least $2 million in damage.

The fire at the American Legion Ambulance Association in Woodstown broke out early 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 safely escaped. 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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.