Vandals start fire on bus

January 25 2019

BUS operator First is working with police to try to identify vandals who set fire to a number 49 bus on its way to Emersons Green.

Flames were seen on the back seat of the bus as it passed through Staple Hill on the evening of January 16.

It has been reported that a passenger on the bus used their steel toe-capped boots to smash open the glass case containing the vehicle’s fire extinguisher before using it to put out the flames.

A First West of England spokesman said: “We can confirm there was an incident on the number 49 from the city centre to Emersons Green on Wednesday 16th in the early evening. At this time we believe a small fire started as a result of vandalism and we are working with the police to try to identify the culprits.

“All our vehicles are fitted with fire extinguishers for incidents of this kind. Our drivers are trained in their use and we are investigating the specific details of the incident concerned.”