An ambulance was badly damaged when it caught fire as paramedics treated a patient in their nearby home.
Neighbours of the patient in Flash Lane, Stoke-on-Trent alerted the crew who were inside the property in the early hours.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the vehicle suffered significant damage, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said.
No-one was injured and an investigation has been started, a spokesman added.
The crew was called to assess the patient in Trent Vale at 00:37 BST and was informed by neighbours the vehicle was on fire.
WMAS said the ambulance had been removed for forensic investigations.
“Because the trust has no vehicle over five years old, fires are very unusual, so establishing the cause is extremely important,” a WMAS spokesman added.
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