LOOK: Doncaster passengers escape bus inferno after vehicle ‘explosion’

The remains of a First 84A bus that caught fire in Main Street, Hatfield at around 7.10am on October 21. Picture courtesy of the Thorne Times.
The remains of a First 84A bus that caught fire in Main Street, Hatfield at around 7.10am on October 21. Picture courtesy of the Thorne Times.
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This charred carcass is all that remains of a First bus after a blaze ripped through the vehicle as it was travelling on a popular Doncaster bus route.

The quick-thinking driver pulled the bus over and evacuated the two passengers on board the vehicle when the fire started on Main Street, Hatfield at 7.10am yesterday morning.

The remains of a First 84A bus that caught fire in Main Street, Hatfield at around 7.10am on October 21. Picture courtesy of the Thorne Times.

The remains of a First 84A bus that caught fire in Main Street, Hatfield at around 7.10am on October 21. Picture courtesy of the Thorne Times.

An eye-witness is reported to have heard an ‘explosion,’ before coming outside and seeing the bus, which was travelling on the 84A route between Doncaster and Lindholme, on fire.

Fire crews from Doncaster station arrived on the scene shortly after and were on the scene for around an hour as they extinguished the blaze on the single-decker bus.

No-one is believed to have sustained any injuries in the fire.

A spokesman for First buses confirmed an investigation into the fire is underway.

They continued: “At this stage we don’t know what it was that caused the fire, but we have now launched an immediate investigation to find out.

“Luckily, no-one has been hurt.

“We had to divert buses travelling on the route for a short time after while it was put out.”

A South Yorkshire fire and rescue spokesman told the Free Press that the cause of the fire is not believed to have been started intentionally at this stage, but that investigations into the cause are ongoing.