Video: Is this a Box Alarm? St. Luke's Roosevelt Ambulance Catches Fire outside New York City Hospital. Who Said EMS Doesn't need the Fire Service?

Updated with another video at the bottom (hat tip

Who says Emergency Medical Services doesn’t need the Fire Service? It looks as though these guys needed firefighters!

Is this a typical BOX alarm in New York City? ha ha ha

This ambulance caught fire outside St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Emergency Department and John Jay College of Criminal Justice this afternoon.

FDNY Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

PHOTO CREDIT Joana Duroand

UPPER WEST SIDE – An empty ambulance being loaded onto a tow truck burst into flames outside St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital’s 59th Street emergency room Wednesday afternoon, terrifying onlookers who feared that oxygen tanks inside might explode.

No one was hurt, but the block was closed to traffic, said hospital spokesman Jeff Jabomowitz.

“There’s oxygen tanks in the back. We were concerned about that,” Jabomowitz said.

The hospital briefly stopped accepting people into its ER, employees said.

Here is another view