Bus destroyed by blaze on Sheffield street

The burned-out wreckage of the bus.
The burned-out wreckage of the bus.
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A BUS was destroyed when fire engulfed the engine compartment of the vehicle on a Sheffield street.

The single-decker, operated by bus company First, went up in flames near the Georgia Pacific firm on Main Road, Wharncliffe Side, at around 6.20am yesterday.

When firefighters arrived the back of the bus, where the engine compartment is, was engulfed in flames.They were burning so ferociously that they had reached the roof of the vehicle and the windows had shattered because of the heat. Thick black smoke affected visibility in the area.

A spokesman for First praised the driver of the Number 58, which runs from Stocksbridge to the city centre, for evacuating the bus.

The spokesman said: “At 6.20pm one of out buses suffered mechanical failure and as a result the driver pulled up to the side of the road. He noticed white smoke coming from the engine compartment. Because the bus had a few passengers on he got them off straight away and most importantly nobody was hurt.We want to praise the driver for his prompt and sensible actions.”