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Cardiac Patient Rescued from Burning Ambulance

ROCKY HARBOUR, N.L. -- A cardiac patient had to be rescued from a burning ambulance in western Newfoundland on Wednesday afternoon after the vehicle burst into flames en route to hospital.

RCMP said the ambulance was on its way to Corner Brook when it started smoking while driving up a steep hill near Rocky Harbour, nestled in Gros Morne National Park.

The ambulance driver and an attendant pulled the patient to safety before flames began devouring the vehicle, which was completely destroyed.

Sgt. Randy Freeborn says they also managed to remove oxygen tanks from the vehicle, which could have caused a major explosion.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Freeborn says it's believed the ambulance's coolant line broke and caused the engine to overheat.


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