Officials Ask D.C. Police to Probe 2 Ambulance Fires

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File photo of an ambulance. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of an ambulance. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — D.C. officials are asking police to investigate after two D.C. fire department ambulances caught fire on the same day.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander Jr. says he asked police to investigate fires in the engines of two ambulances on Tuesday. One ambulance was outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center when it caught fire. The other was parked on Benning Road southeast while the crew retrieved an injured man when a fire started. Both were quickly extinguished and the patient was transported in another ambulance.

Officials said Wednesday evening that aluminum signs that were used as temporary heat shields in some ambulances were being removed. However, the officials say that it does not appear that the ambulances that caught fire had those signs in their engine compartments.

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