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Ava, Mo. ambulance catches on fire after mechanical issue, no one hurt

An ambulance from the Ava Ambulance District caught on fire Thursday afternoon due to a mechanical issue.
An ambulance from the Ava Ambulance District caught on fire Thursday afternoon due to a mechanical issue.(KY3)
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 1:48 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 at 7:09 PM CDT
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DIGGINS, Mo. (KY3) - An ambulance from the Ava Ambulance District caught on fire Thursday afternoon due to a mechanical issue.

The fire happened in Diggins, Missouri State Highway O and U.S. Route 60.

The Ava Ambulance District says no one was hurt. Two employees were able to get out of the ambulance safely and no patients were inside.

The fire causes an estimated $350,000 loss for the Ava Ambulance District, which only had five ambulances prior to the fire.

Kaitlyn McConnell, a media relations manager for CoxHealth, provided the following update Thursday evening:

"On Oct. 15, a CoxHealth ambulance was heading to its home base in Ava after undergoing maintenance in Springfield when it caught fire. We believe it was brought on by a mechanical issue, and will work with the manufacturer to investigate. To the best of our knowledge, this has never happened in CoxHealth’s history.

The incident began around Diggins on Highway 60 when smoke began coming out of the ambulance, which was immediately followed by flames. Thankfully, the driver was able to safely pull the ambulance over to the side of the road.

We are incredibly thankful that our staff members did not receive any injuries, and that no patient was on board. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and the unit was a total loss."

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