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Double-decker bus catches fire in Sidney

A double-decker B.C. Transit bus went up in flames in downtown Sidney on Friday night. No one was injured.
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Sidney Fire Department tweeted a photo of the bus fire last night.

A double-decker B.C. Transit bus went up in flames in downtown Sidney on Friday night.

No one was injured.

“It was ripping pretty good, but everybody was safely evacuated from the bus,” said Darrin Blinko, a fire prevention officer with the Sidney Fire Department.

The call came in about 10 p.m.

The bus, which was on Fifth Street, was engulfed in flames when crews arrived five minutes later, Blinko said. Firefighters found what appeared to be an engine fire at the back of the bus.

He said they were able to put out the fire in about 20 minutes. Within two hours, the scene had been cleared. — Times Colonist

B.C. Transit said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

“The driver acted in an exemplary manner by calmly evacuating the bus and ensuring the passengers moved to a safe location,” said Maureen Sheehan, B.C. Transit communications director.

Sheehan thanked customers for their co-operation and the Sidney Fire department for its quick response.