30 passengers escape burning bus

A Fiji Transport bus caught fire on its way to Lautoka from Ba near Lovu in Lautoka on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Picture: REINAL CHAND

ABOUT 30 people escaped relatively unscathed from a bus that caught fire on the Kings Rd at Lovu in Lautoka, yesterday.

The Fiji Transport Ltd bus caught fire about 2pm.

Images uploaded on social media showed the fire inside the front portion and racing along the mid-section of the bus.

Fiji Transport Ltd managing director Anil Singh said they were still yet to ascertain the cause of the blaze.

“It happened very quickly, within a few minutes it was on fire,” he said.

“I am glad that no one got seriously injured, there were a few people who got minor injuries in the panic to get out of the bus when the fire started.”

Mr Singh said the fire had come at a significant cost to the company.

“It is a relatively new bus, built in 2011, that cost us $120,000.

“The Land Transport Authority has taken over the investigation and we will be conducting an in-depth internal investigation to find out what happened, how it happened and we will make sure that it does not happen again.”

Meanwhile, National Fire Authority chief fire officer Qionilau Moceitai said they were investigating the incident.

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