GREENFIELD — Greenfield firefighters didn’t have to travel far to do their jobs late Monday when a fire broke out inside the fire station.
Smoke alarms sounded around 10:30 p.m. when an ambulance caught fire inside the truck bay at the Greenfield Fire Department, 17 W. South St.
Firefighters pushed the burning ambulance from the building to avoid further damage until the blaze could be extinguished. The 2001 ambulance, which is believed to have suffered an electrical problem, was declared a total loss after fire ravaged its front end, Fire Chief James Roberts told the Greenfield Board of Works Tuesday.
The ambulance was a backup vehicle that had already been scheduled to be replaced. The new ambulance is expected to arrive in late May.
Roberts said he has submitted a claim to the insurance company and is working to lease a replacement to have on hand until the new truck arrives in May.
Roberts said it was an internal fire alarm that sounded Monday night, so dispatchers were not alerted to the fire.
Had firefighters been out on a call, the station could have suffered serious damage.
“If no one would have been here, that’s kind of hard telling what we would have ended up with,” Roberts said. “It could have burned the station down.”
Firefighters were able to remove equipment from inside the ambulance and are still sorting through the items to see what can be salvaged.
Apart from a smoky smell inside the department’s administrative hallways, the building didn’t suffer any serious damage.
The department had to call on a neighboring department to take a call Tuesday morning because another ambulance was having a battery replaced.
The replacement ambulance that will be leased temporarily from the insurance company is expected to arrive today.