20th Oct, 2017

Eight passengers flee blaze that destroyed bus

Coventry Editorial 12th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

EIGHT passengers were on board a bus when it burst into flames near Warwick University – just 22 minutes after firefighters began their latest strike.

A 999 call was made at 9.22am to Kirby Kirby Corner just off Gibbet Hill Road today (Thursday).

The Observer has been told the fuel compartment in National Express Coventry’s number two bus ruptured, igniting 100 litres of fuel to catch fire.

All eight passengers had got off the bus before the first crew from West Midlands Fire Service arrived.

A spokesman told us two crews were sent – the same number as would have been had it not been a strike day.

He added the bus was completely destroyed in the blaze that lasted just short of two hours.

It was one of six incidents non-striking firefighters have been called this morning when 26 engines were on call along with four smaller fire service vehicles.

“Obviously we have reduced resources but we are still operational,” the spokesman added.

A spokesman for National Express said no-one was injured and they were investigating the exact cause of the fire.


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