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Children and adults evacuated after bus catches fire in Bury St Edmunds




School children and adults were evacuated from a bus after it caught fire in Bury St Edmunds this morning.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called at 10.25am to the incident involving the double decker bus, which was 'well alight', in Marham Parkway off the A1101 at Marham Park.

The bus was carrying 53 children and 14 adults.

Bus fire in Marham Parkway. Picture by Tony Mayhew.
Bus fire in Marham Parkway. Picture by Tony Mayhew.

A spokesman said: "All the passengers were accounted for."

The East of England Ambulance Service was called as about six children and one adult are asthmatic and were exposed to some smoke.

As a result of the fire about 300 litres of diesel collected in a drainage ditch, which will be dealt with by the relevant authorities.

Three fire engines were ordered but two were stood down with two hose reels and breathing equipment used to combat the fire.

Bus fire in Marham Parkway. Picture by Tony Mayhew.
Bus fire in Marham Parkway. Picture by Tony Mayhew.

The Collins Coaches bus was heading towards Fornham All Saints.

The fire spokesman added: "A bus has now been arranged to take them back to school."

An ambulance spokesman said: "We sent four ambulances, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and an ambulance officer.

"Several children are being assessed at the scene, however there are no serious injuries.

"Emergency crews remain at the scene."

A spokesman for Collins Coaches said: "Earlier today a double decker bus caught fire as it was transporting 53 children and 14 adults.

"When the fire was spotted the driver pulled over and all passengers were safely evacuated.

"Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service confirm that there are no injuries.

"Replacement transport has been arranged.

"We are cooperating with the fire service investigation, and have no further comment at this time."



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