- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. fire officials say they’re investigating after the closest ambulance available to transport a child having a critical medical emergency was seven miles away.

Fire officials say paramedics with Engine Company 30 arrived at Hillside Road in southeast Washington four minutes after the call reporting the emergency Thursday and began taking the child to a hospital, where the child died.

Officials say when a closer ambulance became available it was rerouted to meet the engine and took the child to Children’s National Medical Center in critical condition. The child later died and police say they are investigating the cause of death.

The District has frequently struggled to get ambulances to emergencies in a timely manner and announced in March that more would be available during peak hours.

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