Tuesday 19 June, 2018

UPDATE: Charred bus remains after passengers raised fire alarm

Image from this morning's incident.

Image from this morning's incident.

There was smoke and there was fire on board a Transport Board bus this morning, but quick response and fire safety saved life and limb.

Police are conducting investigations into the circumstances surrounding the fire onboard a Transport Board bus, which occurred about 5:50 am today, Thursday, April 19, 2018, along Porters Road, St. James.

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According to the police report, the Transport Board bus was travelling North along Porters Road, St. James en route to its destination of 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 but was unsuccessful.

The call was received by the Barbados Fire Service at 5:50 am. Under the command of Station Officer Cadogan, one water tender with four fire officers responded from the Arch Hall station. The blaze has ben completely extinguished. 

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Two passengers who were onboard the bus complained of smoke inhalation and discomfort; they both opted to seek private medical treatment.

The bus was completely destroyed by the blaze. 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.

Police are asking anyone who can provide information to assist with these investigations to contact the Holetown Police Station at telephone 419-1701.

Burnt Transport Board bus at Porters