Dublin Bus goes up in flames on busy street
This was the shocking scene at Harold's Cross Park today when a Dublin Bus engine spontaneously caught fire.
The entire back of the vehicle was melted and charred in the sudden fire.
The incident happened on a bus that was out of service and there were no passengers on board at the time.
The driver was uninjured and jumped to action to alert the emergency services.
The incident happened at approximately 1.15pm.
Two units of Dublin Firebrigade were called to the scene just beside the park on Harold's Cross Road and the fire was brought under control. Gardai attended to direct traffic and move people away from the site as there were strong fumes after the fire.
The bus was towed back to the garage for further investigation before 2pm.
Locals said they were stunned at how the bus caught fire.
"It was lucky it didn't happen 10 minutes later as all the children are coming out of school," one resident said.
"It is unbelievable the damage at the back of the bus, if anyone was on board they would have been in serious trouble."
Harold's Cross Road is serviced by several bus routes and there were some minor delays caused by the incident.
Gardai are advising that there will be traffic disruption in the area over the afternoon.