Ambulances burn in Paonia
By SENTINEL STAFF
A fire inside a garage destroyed both of Paonia’s ambulances Thursday, forcing emergency responders to pull an ambulance from a nearby town to make sure Paonia has ambulance service.
Paonia Police Chief Scott Leon said officers and the Paonia Volunteer Fire Department were called to a two-bay garage that houses the ambulances at 6:45 a.m.
He said there were smoke and flames throughout the building.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about a half-hour but were unable to save the ambulances, which are considered a total loss, Leon said.
Scott Reedy, co-owner of Reedy’s Service, whose business at 212 Second Ave. is a half-block away from the garage, said the fire threatened a nearby town shop and lumberyard before it was put out.
“We got lucky we didn’t lose anything else,” Reedy said. “But it’s bad enough we lost both ambulances.”
The ambulances were part of the North Fork Ambulance Association, a volunteer ambulance service that also runs ambulances in Crawford and Hotchkiss.
Leon said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Richard Kinser, president of the North Fork Ambulance Association, couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.