Ambulance and Five Other Vehicles Burst Into Flames on 73rd

Screenshot of the video below by Jordan.

Fire consumed six vehicles, including a Mount Sinai ambulance, on the Upper West Side around midnight on Tuesday.

The fire in front of 118 West 73rd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus was called into FDNY at 12:04 a.m. on Wednesday, according to an FDNY spokesman. They had knocked the fire out by 12:27 a.m., the spokesman said. There were no injuries reported, implying that no one was in the ambulance was unoccupied at the time of the blaze, the spokesman said.

The video below is by Jordan Davidson, who said she heard loud noises and felt her apartment shake three times, and that a firefighter told her the ambulance may have had a fuel leak.

The blaze was sparked by “a mechanical problem” with the ambulance, according to journalist David Folk Thomas, who spoke with an FDNY lieutenant.

An FDNY spokesman could not confirm the report, saying the fire was under investigation.

Photo by Michael DelNagro taken at about 1 a.m. from a brownstone window mid block on W 73rd between Amsterdam and Columbus.

Photo by Nick.

Photo by Nick.

NEWS | 7 comments | permalink
    1. Lois Roks says:

      How lucky this wasn’t earlier in the evening when people were strolling or walking their dogs or getting in or out of vehicles,

    2. NYYgirl says:

      We ♥️ the FDNY, They are the best!

    3. Tasha says:


    4. SBT says:

      Something is going on. Over the past several months I am aware of at least four vehicles bursting into flames on the upper west side. One on my corner at Columbus between 89 and 90 and one on Amsterdam near 86.

    5. Wendy says:

      Oh no. Have the ambulance, & the cars been replaced ? Thought of some other tragedies; re some cars in Central Harlem, N.Y.C.; &, a huge van of a medical-social service [agency , ?]. How many motor vehicles ,brands, are made in U.S.A.. ? How’re the nearby Trees ? How’s our NYFD today ? Have a better day, today.

    6. 73rd st resident says:

      Has got to be one of the more bizarre things to wake up. Pleased nobody was injured!

    7. Diane Macken says:

      My car was destroyed.
      Any information would be appreciated.