22 May 2019

Fire guts ambulance at Ōtāhuhu train station

12:29 pm on 22 May 2019

An ambulance has been gutted by fire near an Auckland bus station.

The St John vehicle, used for non-critical transport of patients, was on its way to Auckland Hospital when the driver noticed smoke.

It was carrying a patient, caregiver, and two St John staff.

The driver pulled over at the Ōtāhuhu Station before the vehicle caught fire and the occupants escaped unharmed. The patient, caregiver and a medical assistant were transfered to another vehicle.

The service is looking into what caused the fire and are supporting those involved.

Auckland Transport evacuated Ōtāhuhu Station and diverted all bus services for a time this morning.

Spokesperson Mark Hannan said it was not clear why the ambulance was at the station but CCTV shows the fire is now out and the vehicle is destroyed.

Mr Hannan said they were first alerted to the fire about 8.40am.