Commuters flee Munster firebomb bus
Passengers only got off the bus minutes before the bus it caught alight. Photo: Twitter/Damien Kelly
Passengers evacuated a Transperth bus this morning before it caught alight and burnt out.
Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said a gas bus driving south along Rockingham Road near Troode Street in Munster experienced trouble about 6.30am.
The driver pulled over when a passenger reported smelling smoke and evacuated the bus before attempting to douse the fire with an extinguisher, he said.
It was not known what caused the fire. Photo: Phil Illingworth
Mr Hynes said the three passengers and the driver were all evacuated safely "well before" the bus became engulfed with flames.
A caller to 6PR Radio however, said the passengers only got off the bus minutes before the bus caught alight.
The flames were fuelled by the gas from the bus which flared higher when a safety valve on the vehicle’s fuel tank expelled the remaining gas.
The driver pulled over when a passenger reported smelling smoke. Photo: Twitter/Steven
The intensity of the fire was such that a window was broken in a nearby house and the property was engulfed in smoked.
The residents have been provided with temporary alternative accommodation.
Mr Hynes said it was not known what caused the fire but the matter would be thoroughly investigated.
The Mercedes Benz OC500 bus was one of gas powered 550 buses, which comprise about 43 per cent of the Transperth metro-area fleet.
Transperth has ordered an immediate inspection of the fire-suppression equipment on all its gas buses, Mr Hynes said.
"At this stage there are no plans to take the gas buses off the road."