Cruise visitors evacuate bus because of fire

Ritchies Coachlines engineers inspect a fire-damaged engine bay of a bus in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Ritchies Coachlines engineers inspect a fire-damaged engine bay of a bus in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Cruise ship passengers had to make an emergency exit when their tour bus caught fire in Dunedin yesterday.

Ritchies Coachlines regional manager Malcolm Budd said a Ritchies bus was transporting about 35 cruise ship passengers to Olveston Historic Home when it caught fire in Highgate, Maori Hill.

The electrical fire started in the engine bay at the rear of the bus, he said.

When the driver noticed the fire about 3.30pm, he evacuated the bus and called emergency services.

Roslyn Fire Station station officer Brent Foster said a warning light on the dashboard of the bus alerted the driver to the fire.

The driver unsuccessfully tried to put out the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher.

When firefighters arrived, dark smoke was billowing from the bus. The crew extinguished the blaze using a reel hose, Mr Foster said.

Another bus was sent to pick up the passengers and continue the tour.

shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

 

Advertisement

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter