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Naas ambulance fire: Man dies and two injured as vehicle bursts into flames

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Media captionThe ambulance burst into flames outside the hospital's emergency department

A man has died in a fire in an ambulance outside a hospital in County Kildare in the Republic of Ireland.

Two paramedics were also injured when the vehicle burst into flames at Naas General Hospital.

Health Service Executive chief executive Tony O'Brien has confirmed the death was as a direct result of the fire.

Mr O'Brien said one possible cause being examined relates to the oxygen tanks on the vehicle.

A notice has been issued to all other ambulance crews around the country as a result.

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Image caption The fire broke out at the Naas General Hospital at about 14:00 local time
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Image caption Patients from the hospital have been transferred to other hospitals

The fire broke out outside the hospital's emergency department about 14:00 local time and the hospital was evacuated.

The victim, who is in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

GardaĆ­ (Irish police) in Naas and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.

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Image caption Members of the public are advised not to visit the hospital

Patients have been transferred to other hospitals in the area.

The area has been cordoned off for a technical examination and members of the public have been asked to stay away from the hospital.

Image caption Naas is 25 miles from Dublin

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