Bus catches fire near school
A bus caught fire outside a Hamilton school this afternoon.
The Go Bus was travelling along Peachgrove Rd when it started smoking and burst into flames about 4:30pm.
Hamilton Boys' High School student Connor Gibson, 14, was biking home from rugby practice when he saw what he thought was excessive exhaust fumes coming from the back of the bus.
''The closer I got I could see a little bit of flames.''
He said the bus pulled over outside Southwell School and two people, including the driver, got out. No one was injured.
''It just slowly kept getting higher. There was a little explosion, not massive, halfway through it.''
He said the flames reached about five metres above the bus.
The back of the bus was completely burnt out.
Fire Service Chartwell station officer Peter Reddish said the fire started in the engine compartment.''Because it's a CNG bus we've had to be a little bit careful with that.''
A crew of firefighters extinguished the flames and turned the gas off.
There will be an investigation into the cause of the fire. ''Whether they find much I don't know, it's fairly damaged at the back of that bus.''
Traffic on Peachgrove Rd, between Boundary Rd and Bailey Ave, was diverted during rush hour.
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