School bus fire in Moneymore

Published Tuesday, 26 February 2013
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A school bus has gone on fire in Moneymore, Co Londonderry.

School bus fire in Moneymore
Fire crews tackle the fire in Moneymore. (© UTV)

Two secondary school pupils had just boarded the vehicle in Main Street when a fire warning system sounded at around 8.30am on Tuesday.

The driver managed to get them off safely.

A police cordon was put in place around the area while two fire crews from nearby Cookstown tackled the blaze, which had started in the engine at the rear of the bus and was well developed by the time they arrived.

Local watch commander Dennis Black said thick black smoke could be seen from miles away.

The incident was brought under control by around 10.15am. Extensive damage was caused to the bus, while the heat of the blaze also damaged a car and van parked nearby.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Moneymore fire.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Big ken in Lisburn wrote (704 days ago):
Completely ridiculous comments by the two people filming it.
Jennifer McCracken in Moneymore wrote (705 days ago):
The 2 passengers who had boarded the bus were my daughter Hollie and my niece Amy I'm so glad they were removed to safety i wud like to thank all involved in keeping them safe !!!
nicole sands in coagh wrote (705 days ago):
i go to moneymore ps our class smelt it 4 miles away
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