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Passengers escape fire

PASSENGERS were evacuated from a double-decker bus only moments before it was engulfed in a fireball.

PASSENGERS were evacuated from a double-decker bus only moments before it was engulfed in a fireball.

The bus was travelling down Coventry Road last Thursday when it ran into trouble near Stonebridge Island.

There was a loud bang and the quick-thinking driver pulled over, ordering all his passengers off.

A fire soon ripped through the chassis, destroying it completely, but all 21 passengers escaped unhurt.

Brenda Palmer, aged 67, of Castle Bromwich, managed to snap this dramatic picture of the blazing bus.

She’d seen a column of smoke rising over the dual-carriageway and could feel the heat from the other side of the road.

West Midlands Fire Service said it was called to the scene at just after 11.20am.

Crews from Billesley, Hay Mills and Sheldon arrived to find the vehicle well alight and used hoses to put out the flames.

“The bus was 100 per cent destroyed,” said a spokeswoman. “Passengers were taken from the scene by a replacement bus service.”

Investigations suggest that the fire was caused by an electrical fault in the engine.

 

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