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Fire destroys Transport Board bus

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Fire destroys Transport Board bus

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Police are conducting investigations into the circumstances surrounding a fire onboard a Transport Board bus.

It occurred around 5:50 a.m. today along Porters Road, St James as the bus made its way to Speightstown with 15 passengers on board.

 “The bus was stationary at a bus stop when the driver was alerted by passengers of smoke coming from the rear of the bus. The driver switched off the engine, investigated and saw the smoke, he tried to extinguish the fire in the engine compartment by use of the fire extinguisher,” police public relations officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss said.

The Barbados Fire Service was summoned and one tender and three personnel responded and extinguished the blaze.

Two passengers complained of smoke inhalation and discomfort and opted to seek private medical treatment.

The bus was destroyed but there was no reported damage to any other property.

Vehicular traffic was temporarily diverted at Porters road junction.

Police are at the scene and investigations are continuing.

Anyone who can provide information to assist with these investigations is asked to contact the Holetown Police Station at telephone 419-1701.  (PR/NB)