D.C. Emergency Vehicles Torched, Vandalized

By Brandon Benavides
|  Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 3:36 PM EDT
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D.C. Emergency Vehicles Torched, Vandalized

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Someone set fire to and vandalized surplus emergency vehicles in southeast D.C.

D.C. Fire and Rescue received calls about black smoke in the 4500 block of Third Street SE Monday night.

Fire completely gutted an ambulance behind P.R. Harris Educational Center on Third Street SE, an area where D.C. Fire and Rescue typically parks vehicles, spokesman Pete Piringer said. Bricks were thrown through the windows of a couple other vehicles and two vehicles suffered radiant heat damage.

The vehicles were out of circulation and not worth much to the department, but thousands of dollars in parts were lost.

Anyone with information about the crime should call D.C.'s arson tip line at 202-673-ARSON.

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