Rush hour shock as bus catches fire

Just Regional
Apr 7, 2020 1 min read

Fire crews were called out to Hellesdon this morning after a double-decker bus caught fire at a stop near a petrol station.

Engines from Sprowston and Earlham attended the fire at 8.15am, which was on the Sanders Coaches X44 service from Norwich to Aylsham, Cromer and Sheringham.
General manager Richard Pengelly said the driver had pulled in to the stop between The Firs Tesco and the Applegreen service station because he could smell something was wrong.

“He got out and there were no flames, but when he opened the boot it let the oxygen in and it went up,” he said. “There wasn’t any fuel involved, it was an electrical fault … the bus would have just broken down.”

Mr Pengelly said there had been three passengers on board, along with the driver but nobody was hurt although the driver “had got a bit of a shock”.

“It wasn’t as bad as it looked,” he said, adding that the bus was now back in the garage and the engineers were working to get it back on the road.

No services were cancelled as a result of the fire.

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