Bus bursts into flames as huge smoke plumes seen billowing over the sky

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A bus has burst into flames sending huge plumes of smoke billowing into the skies.

The fire broke out on the number 75 service First Bus in Bristol this lunchtime (24 March).

Huge flames could be seen coming out the back of the bus where the engine is situated.

A First Bus spokesperson confirmed there were no casualties in the incident.

The spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there was a fire on the 75 service at Bishopsworth Road in Bedminster Down at approximately 11.55 this morning.

"Passengers were quickly and safely evacuated by the driver and there were no injuries. The fire service was in attendance.

"A full investigation into the cause of the incident will be carried out. “

One nearby witness claimed they heard a loud bang shortly before midday before spotting the smoke.

Emerging photos of the bus show its back end completely destroyed by the blaze.

Some further out locals in Bedminster were reportedly left confused at the smoke clouds in the sky.

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Avon Fire and Rescue Service said they found a "double-decker bus well alight" and used "two hose reels and a safety jet to extinguish the flames."

They added: "Three firefighters wore breathing apparatus for safety. A turntable ladder is being used for damage investigation.

"We are joined by police colleagues at the scene."

Traffic monitoring service Inrix says: "Bishopsworth Road in both directions closed due to earlier vehicle fire and oil spillage between A38 Bridgwater Road and Valley Road. Traffic is coping well.

"The road has been closed since 13:25. Diversion – via the A38 and Kings Head Lane."

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