NUMEROUS Philly firefighters were in the unusual position yesterday of having to douse furious flames at their own building.
An ambulance inexplicably caught fire inside the headquarters for Ladder 2, at 4th and Arch streets, shortly after 11:30 a.m., filling the Old City firehouse with a blanket of black smoke.
"It's not something that you see often," said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
Two medics called for help after trying unsuccessfully to put out the fire, which appeared to have started in the engine, with an extinguisher, Ayers said.
Firefighters from Chinatown's Engine 20 and members of Ladder 2, who had been out of their firehouse to receive training, got the blaze under control at 11:49 a.m.