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Residents evacuated as double-decker bus bursts into flames on city street

Becky Barnes

Published 02/12/2016 | 11:19

Bus on fire in Kingston, south west London: Hannah Page/PA Wire
Bus on fire in Kingston, south west London: Hannah Page/PA Wire

Fire crews are battling a blaze on a bus that has sent a plume of dark grey smoke funnelling into the sky from a south-west London street.

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Police, firefighters and ambulance crews were called to tackle flames on the 371 bus near the Guildhall/Rose Theatre stop in High Street, Kingston, at just after 9am.

Pictures shared on social media showed the back of the double-decker engulfed in bright orange flames.

The driver escaped before crews arrived, London Fire Brigade said.

London Ambulance Service staff were at the scene to treat people for possible smoke inhalation, police said.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman added: "Local residents have been evacuated as a safety precaution.

Bus on fire in Kingston, south west London Credit: @MPSKingston/PA Wire
Bus on fire in Kingston, south west London Credit: @MPSKingston/PA Wire

"The road remains closed. Motorists are advised to avoid the area."

London Fire Brigade said the fire was under control just after 10am. The cause is unknown.

Tony Akers, TfL's Head of Bus Operations, said: "There will be a full investigation into the incident."

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