Ambulance destroyed in fire as paramedics treat patient at home

The West Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle was ravaged by fire as crew treated a patient in their home (West Midlands Ambulance Service)

An investigation has been launched after an ambulance was destroyed in a fire as paramedics treated a patient inside their home.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service had been called to a house in Stoke-on-Trent just after midnight to assess a patient.

While inside, neighbours alerted the crew that the ambulance was on fire. A call was put in to the fire service and firefighters arrived quickly to extinguish the blaze.

However, the vehicle suffered serious damage and an investigation into the fire was launched.

A spokesman from the West Midlands Ambulance Service told Yahoo News UK the cause of the fire had yet to be established, but confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.

He said: "West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm one of its ambulances caught fire whilst the crew were in a nearby property in Stoke-on-Trent in the early hours of this morning.

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"The ambulance crew was called to Flash Lane in Trent Vale at 12.37am to a patient who required assessment.

"They were with the patient when they were alerted by neighbours that the ambulance was well alight.

"The fire service were quickly on scene and extinguished the fire, but the ambulance suffered significant damage. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident.

"The vehicle has been recovered and the cause of the fire will be forensically investigated; because the Trust has no vehicle over five years old, fires are very unusual so establishing the cause is extremely important."