THE A701 was closed on Wednesday December 6 for around two hours after an ambulance caught fire whilst en route to a call.

The incident took place around 5.20pm on the A701 near Blyth Bridge.

No one was injured and another ambulance was dispatched to the original call.

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Police attended and assisted with traffic management. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “An incident involving one of our vehicles occurred on the A701 near Blyth Bridge at 17.20 this evening (6 December 2023).

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“There was no patient on board and the SAS crew were not injured as a result of the incident.

“An additional vehicle was dispatched to the original call.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 5.20pm on Wednesday, 6 December to reports of a vehicle fire on the A720, near Blyth Bridge, Scottish Borders.

"Operations Control mobilised two appliances and firefighters extinguished the fire and worked to make the area safe before leaving the scene.

"There were no casualties."