Shortly before 1 p.m. today, Thursday, December 29, 2011, a fire broke out at Wake County EMS Station No. 3, located at 5303 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The fire started in an ambulance that was parked in a bay and quickly spread to the building. All of the people inside made it outside safely and were not injured.
The ambulance was heavily damaged and is no longer operational. The ambulance bay has significant roof damage and the living quarters have heavy smoke damage.
EMS crews are being transitioned to back-up equipment and will be working out of an alternate location by close of business today.
Fire investigators are evaluating the damaged ambulance to try to learn what caused the fire.
Wake County General Services Administration will weatherproof and secure the building until further repairs can be made. Additionally, Wake County General Services Administration are evaluating similar models of County ambulances to ensure safety.
During and following the fire there was no interruption to EMS service.