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JAMAICA Urban Transit Company (JUTC) passengers were again forced to scamper to safety after another of the public passenger buses caught fire in Kingston yesterday, just over a week after a similar incident in the Corporate Area.
The No 88 bus — which plies the Downtown to Cross Roads route, via Mountain View Avenue — was being driven along Arthur Wint Drive, in the vicinity of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew, when people along the roadway alerted the driver that smoke was coming from the rear of the vehicle.
The incident happened minutes after 9:00 am.
The driver told the Jamaica Observer that he stopped the bus and attempted to use a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze that had engulfed the engine. However, after the substance contained in the extinguisher was used up and the fire seemed to have been quelled another blaze broke out.
It was then that a unit from the Jamaica Fire Brigade arrived on the scene and doused the flames.
On September 5 another bus burst into flames on Old Hope Road while transporting passengers.
According to Frederick Thompson, maintenance manager at the bus company, an early probe suggests that yesterday's fire started in the engine, but a comprehensive investigation will be conducted to make a final determination.
"It is too early to say, but it seems it may have started in the engine," Thompson said.
Meanwhile, a forensic probe into the bus fire on Old Hope Road is not yet completed, but Thompson said there are suspicions that the fire could have been the work of arsonists who are hell-bent on sabotaging the company.
"That fire started inside the bus where passengers were seated. There is nothing there to start a fire. It has happened in the past where someone sets a fire and exits the bus at the next stop. It may well have been the work of an arsonist," he said.
Jamaica Urban Transit Company workers peer inside the burnt-out engine of one of its
buses, which caught fire while travelling along Arthur Wint Drive in St Andrew, yesterday.
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