Yesterday a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) ambulance spontaneously ignited while traveling on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens. It has been reported that the ambulance crew escaped the vehicle without injury, and there was no patient on the vehicle when the incident occurred.
This comes on the heels of winter storm Jonas that dumped between 30-34 inches of snow on the borough of Queens. The city has come under fire for inadequate snow management and removal, specifically in Queens itself. Additional criticisms were leveled at FDNY for not having ambulances with proper snow chains the way other city vehicles ( including fire apparatus ) are equipped.
The spontaneous combustion of ambulances during or after snow storms is not an uncommon occurrence. There was a similar incident in 2010, also in Queens, from which we learned the invaluable lesson of what happens when oxygen tanks explode. While that incident occurred at night time and failed to reach the mainstream media, it does make you wonder why do ambulances explode during/after snowstorms?
Feel free to offer your thoughts on that in the comments…