Bus bursts into flaming fireball middle of city
AN investigation has been launched after a Dublin Bus engine appeared to spontaneously catch fire as the bus drove along a city street.
There were no passengers on the bus, which was out of service, when flames engulfed the back of the vehicle at 1.15pm in Harold's Cross yesterday.
The driver was uninjured and immediately alerted emergency services who were on the scene within minutes.
The rear end of the bus was melted and charred in the aftermath and the windows had been shattered.
Two units of Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene just beside the park on Harold's Cross Road.
The bus was towed back to the garage for further examination before 2pm and the driver and witnesses were interviewed at the scene.
A representative for Dublin Bus said that the source of the blaze was unknown.
A full investigation will be carried out into the incident, the representative added.
The scene of the incident is within metres of St Clare's Primary School in Harold's Cross where dozens of schoolchildren were being collected at 1.30pm.
"It was lucky it didn't happen 10 minutes later as all the children were coming out of school," one local 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 throughout the afternoon.