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SBI joins probe of blaze at fire station

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A Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Service ambulance destroyed by a fire is seen inside the bay at the South Camden Fire Department, early Friday morning. County Manager Ken Bowman said no injuries were reported and the building was unoccupied at the time the fire broke out.

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From staff reports

Friday, June 22, 2018

CAMDEN — Both the State Bureau of Investigation and the N.C. Fire Marshal’s Office have joined the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed an ambulance and another vehicle at a Camden fire station late Thursday.

No one was in the South Camden Fire Station at the time of the blaze when it was reported about 9:43 p.m. Thursday, Christy Saunders, Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management coordinator, said on Friday.

Saunders said a passer-by saw the fire in the station at 114 Sawyers Creek Road and reported it, she said.

When firefighters arrived, they found the fire contained to the truck bay of the station, Saunders said. One ambulance and one “brush” truck were destroyed in the blaze and five other vehicles sustained moderate damage, she said.

Besides members of South Camden Fire Department Stations 11 & 12, other agencies responding to Thursday’s fire included the Elizabeth City Fire Department, South Mills Volunteer Fire Department, Crawford Volunteer Fire Department and Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services, Saunders said.

The fire’s cause is being investigated by the Elizabeth City Fire Department’s fire marshal, Saunders said. Also taking part are the SBI and the N.C. Fire Marshal’s Office.

Even though a thunderstorm was underway at the time of the blaze, Saunders said weather is not considered a factor in its cause.

With the ambulance stationed at South Camden destroyed, Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services will respond with ambulance service from Elizabeth City until other arrangements are made, Saunders said. Fire trucks will be “housed locally” and respond in the fire department’s service area, she said.    

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