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Bald Head Island ambulance catches fire Sunday

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A fire began early Sunday morning in an ambulance used for transporting patients from Bald Head Island. The ambulance had been charging over night at the Bald Head Island ferry landing in Southport when witnesses said there was an explosion. The fire also damaged two other vehicles. Investigators said the cause appears to be due to electrical problems.

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Good job Fire Dept! Things happen!

All ambulances and fire trucks are always "plugged in" when not in use. That is how they are designed. The ambulance did not "explode", nor did an explosion cause the event. The "explosion" occurred when the large medical oxygen tank ruptured after being overheated by the burning vehicle. These are in all ambulances to take care of sick people! The fire happened before 6am in the morning and the Southport fire department responded as it was in their area. They put the fire out and were there for a few hours cleaning up. Later that morning (around 9am) the Village staff taped off the area and covered the ambulance.

That ambulance is always

That ambulance is always plugged up. That was just pure negligence on Bald Head Island's Village. It is just a tragedy and I am glad to hear that no one was injured, and thank God there were no parking attendants in the building next to it. I went by yesterday and it looked like a mess. Oddly I did not see any management, just a parking attendant and her supervisor were cleaning the aftermath. The timing of the event could have been much much worse.

All ambulances and fire

All ambulances and fire trucks are "plugged in". That is how they are designed. The fire happened before 6am in the morning and the Southport fire department responded as it was in their area. They were there for a few hours cleaning up. Later that morning (around 9am) the Village staff taped off the area and covered the ambulance.

I am a homeowner around the

I am a homeowner around the corner from where the explosion occurred. I went down to see what was going on later on during the day. When I arrived I only saw Dave Rice who is a manager at Bald Head Island. I asked where everyone else was and I was amazed to here that they had left the scene. I feel like that was a major event and that was very irresponsible of the management to leave the scene of the accident. All of that weight left for one individual to handle is outragous.