According to Jane Campbell of BC Emergency Health Services, at the time of the vehicle fire at the Kimberley Ambulance Station, the ambulance was unoccupied, not running and not plugged in. The cause of the fire is not currently known.
“No one was injured in the fire, and there was no damage to the ambulance station or to property other than the ambulance and its contents,” Campbell said. “We appreciate the work of the Kimberley Fire Department in responding to this fire and extinguishing it safely.”
There will be no disruption to service, she says.
“Another ambulance is currently being put into service to replace the one damaged in the fire. BCEHS actively maintains a number of spare ambulances to allow for circumstances where an ambulance needs to be taken out of service for maintenance or due to unforeseen events such as this. There will be no impact to the services BCEHS provides the community as the result of this incident.”
The Kimberley Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.
Kimberley Fire Chief Rick Prasad says the call came in at 4:44 a.m and when fire fighters responded the vehicle was fully engulfed.
The investigation will continue.