Van­cou­ver bus bursts into flames af­ter mal­func­tion

Times Colonist - - Canada -

VAN­COU­VER — Van­cou­ver fire­fight­ers were called to ex­tin­guish a blaze late Fri­day af­ter a shut­tle bus went up in flames.

The bus driver was head­ing north on Cam­bie Street when he no­ticed smoke com­ing from the dash­board of the bus and pulled over at 12th Avenue, near West Broad­way.

The driver and six pas­sen­gers safely made it out of the bus be­fore flames over­took the ve­hi­cle.

As­sis­tant Chief Kevin Wil­son said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had de­ter­mined the fire was sparked by a me­chan­i­cal mal­func­tion.

“The Van­cou­ver Fire De­part­ment con­sid­ers it a me­chan­i­cal mal­func­tion be­cause the bus was be­ing driven and the fire oc­curred in the en­gine com­part­ment,” he said.

Wil­son said no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion would be re­leased.

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