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Blast Raises Roof As Private Ambulance Burns In Prince George's County

1:12 PM, Sep 29, 2011   |    comments
The roof of this private ambulance blew off after an explosion Wednesday (Statter 911).
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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA/Statter 911) -- Wednesday, an explosion blew the roof off a private ambulance that was on fire at 38th Street and Rhode Island Avenue in Mt. Rainier (Md.), according to Dave Statter from Statter 911.

Bladensburg VFD Chief Randy Kuenzli was at the scene at the time, and shot a video of the incident. After a number of smaller blasts, the private ambulance suffered a major explosion, causing the roof to detach from the car. In Statter's opinion, this was most likely due to an oxygen tank letting loose.

The car caught fire within spitting distance of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, Station 855, Bunker Hill. According to Statter, Station 855 was assigned elsewhere, and the call was handled by Station 809, Bladensburg VFD. Its engine responded with seven on board, and got there after the explosion that blew the roof off the ambulance.

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