Road closed after bus catches fire in Dinas Powys
12:00pm Thursday 28th June 2012 in News
A BUS caught fire in Dinas Powys last week - though fortunately there were no passengers on board.
The engine fire on the out-of-service Cardiff Bus closed Cardiff Road for more than two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday afternoon (June 20).
An eyewitness said: “I noticed the bus pull up prior to the bus stop which was strange, but thought nothing of it. But about five minutes later I noticed a large amount of smoke down the street and went outside to see what the source was.
"The bus was at this point heavily on fire, and it was clear from the powdery foam on the road that an attempt had been made to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher.
"One of the residents had a garden hose and was attempting to put the fire out, but it was doing about as much good as a child’s water gun. As the flames increased people backed away, until the emergency services arrived and took control of the situation.”
Crews from Barry and Cardiff Central attended the blaze.
A spokesperson for the Fire Service said: “Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus brought the fire under control using hose jets. The call came in at 2.49pm and the situation was dealt with by 3.13pm.”
No-one was injured in the incident.
A police spokesperson said: “Police received reports of a bus fire on Cardiff Road at 2.50pm on Wednesday. The road to Barry was closed until approximately 4.30pm, and there were no casualties.”
A spokesperson for the bus company added: “Cardiff Bus can confirm that a fire took place in the engine compartment of an out-of-service bus in the Dinas Powys area on the afternoon of June 20.
"No passengers were on board at the time and no injuries have been reported. The root cause is being investigated.”