- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The D.C. ambulance that caught fire at a hospital Tuesday and the unit that served as a back-up to the presidential motorcade when another ran out of gas came from the same fire house but were not the same vehicle, fire officials said Wednesday.

Medic 7 was asked to replace another unit that typically accompanies President Obama’s motorcade last week because it ran out of gas, possibly because of a broken fuel gauge. An ambulance from the same engine company caught fire Tuesday afternoon outside of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Crews at the fire house “switched to two different units after the detail,” D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman Tim Wilson said.

Police are investigating both of Tuesday’s fires at the request of the fire department.


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