1st firefighters at Vegas massacre came across it by chance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A fire engineer says he was driving his station’s engine back from a call for a minor car crash when hundreds of hysterical people began swarming the vehicle near an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas.

Brian Emery recalled Thursday that gunfire suddenly rang out as his crew became the first to respond to the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

It was pure coincidence that the Clark County Fire Department crew members on Engine 11 were the first on-duty emergency personnel to arrive at Sunday’s shooting that killed dozens.

The surge of people forced Emery to stop driving, but he eventually inched the engine out and got it to a parking lot where the crew could start treating patients. The work would continue until after sunrise.