Passengers escape in Cork Bus fire

A bus driver and four passengers today escaped injury after the bus they were travelling in caught fire.

The blaze started out in the engine compartment of the Bus Eireann vehicle during a scheduled service in County Cork. Luckily twenty passengers, including several schoolchildren, had earlier been dropped off in Fermoy by the bus and the 4 remaining passengers on board and the driver escaped without injury.

Both the Gardaí and Bus Eireann have launched investigations into the fire that took place at Kilworth, between Mitchelstown & Fermoy around 7:30 am this morning.

The driver evacuated all passengers on noticing smoke coming from the rear of the 2004 Scania vehicle.

According to a Bus Eireann spokesman, the bus had passed a vehicle test in July and was serviced at the end of August. He said it was too early to say what caused the outbreak.

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