Passengers flee from Grange Farm bus fire

The Arriva bus caught fire in Grange Park this morning; picture courtesy of @car_witter

The Arriva bus caught fire in Grange Park this morning; picture courtesy of @car_witter

EIGHT passengers and the driver had to flee a city bus after it caught fire.

The single decker Arriva vehicle caught fire at the Medbourne roundabout, at the junction of Fulmer Street and Portway in Grange Farm at about 1.26pm.

Two appliances and crews from Great Holm fire station attended.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to put out the fire. They cut away parts of the interior to check that the fire hadn’t spread.

The fire broke out in the engine compartment at the rear of the bus.

The driver and eight passengers had managed to evacuate the bus before the firemen arrived.

A spokesman said: “One of our buses was travelling along Fulmer Street when the driver was made aware by a passenger that they had seen smoke from the rear of the vehicle.

“The driver pulled over off the roundabout at a safe place and evacuated all passengers from the bus. He immediately called the fire brigade and also tried to attempt to use the fire extinguisher himself to put out the fire and keep it under control. The Fire Brigade attended the scene and were able to extinguish the fire.

“The fire was contained in and around the engine compartment. A spare bus was taken to the stop so passengers were able to continue with their journey. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.”

> Pictures by @car_witter




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