Driver of ambulance dead. Crash occurred transporting burn victim from fatal fire in Sussex County, NJ.

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Seth Augenstein, The Star-Ledger:

Two are dead after a fatal house fire that’s being investigated by arson and major crimes units, officials confirmed today.

One person died in the blaze – but in a strange twist, the driver of an ambulance carrying one of the victims of the fire died as he drove to the hospital, authorities said. The patient in the ambulance survived.

The second injured occupant of the house was taken away in the ambulance that crashed shortly thereafter on Stillwater-Fredon Road – but he was then transferred to another ambulance and taken to a hospital, Mueller added. The driver apparently had a medical issue, crashed, and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Adam Grossman of the state police.

An ambulance that may have been carrying a burn victim of the fire hit a tree when the driver went into cardiac arrest, according to scanner reports.

The passenger in the ambulance was later transported to a burn center for treatment. 


The 68-year-old victim was transferred from the crashed ambulance to another ambulance and taken to the hospital in unknown condition.

One person died in the fire, in a house on Potters Road, that broke out shortly after 4:30 a.m. 

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