By Maki Becker, Buffalo News:
An AMR ambulance that had been idling by the maintenance bay had caught fire late Tuesday morning, and then tanks of compressed oxygen inside the burning ambulance blew up, sending shrapnel hurtling through the air in a 100-foot radius, Buffalo fire officials and AMR representatives said.
The force of the explosion threw a maintenance worker who was outside up against a wall and set off an airbag inside the pickup truck of a second AMR employee who was trying to move it away from the burning ambulance.
Incredibly, they were the only injuries.
Flying debris damaged 20 to 30 cars in the lot. Shrapnel shattered windshields and rained chunks of metal, safety glass and medical gear all over the worker’s cars. One of the ambulance doors flew about 50 feet away, ending up in a crumpled mess on the outer side of a chain link fence that surrounds the lot.
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Photo: Maki Becker, Buffalo News