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Hawaii ambulance fire leaves patient dead, paramedic injured

HONOLULU (AP) An individual died and a paramedic was critically injured when their ambulance caught fire outside a hospital in Hawaii, emergency officials said.

We’d an ambulance tonight for reasons we dont understand catch burning, possibly explode, ahead of entering a healthcare facility, said Dr. Jim Ireland, the emergency services director. Were all just very worried about we and the individual that lost their life.

The 91-year-old patient and the paramedic were in the rear of the ambulance since it pulled around Adventist Castle Health in Kailua Wednesday night. Another emergency medical technician who was simply driving the ambulance escaped injury. The paramedic in back, an eight-year veteran, was treated at a healthcare facility and then taken up to another er at the Straub Burn Unit, a city and county news release said.

All our paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers are treasured members of our staff and or family, they save lives each day, and its own just very difficult to stay a predicament where we may be the ones that are injured. Ill just leave it at that, Ireland said. Please pray for him.

The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating.

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