The burnt-out shell of a bus destroyed by fire in Villiers St, Grafton, on Wednesday night.
The burnt-out shell of a bus destroyed by fire in Villiers St, Grafton, on Wednesday night.

Bus ablaze beside Beaurepairs

A BURNT-OUT shell is all that remains of a bus gutted by fire in Grafton on Wednesday night.

The green and yellow bus with Queensland number plates, parked close to the railway embankment near Beaurepaires in Villiers St, Grafton, caught fire late on Wednesday night, attracting a small crowd of onlookers.

Grafton Fire Brigade station officer Peter Lewis said the brigade received a call at 10.18pm on Wednesday and they arrived by 10.25pm to find the vehicle well alight.

He said the bus looked like it was being used as a home but no-one was injured in the blaze.

While fighting the initial blaze, Mr Lewis said another fire truck was called to deal with a grass fire which had started near the burning bus.

“We ended-up having two trucks in attendance, we also had 11 firefighters there – we extinguished the fire in about 45 minutes,” Mr Lewis said.

He was unable to speculate on the cause of the fire.

Watching proceedings on Wednesday night was Grafton man Martyn Swain, who witnessed the incident while visiting a friend.

“We were around in Bacon St and we could smell the smoke,” he said.

“I thought it was actually a computer that was overheating but we went outside and looked over towards the TAFE and there was black smoke everywhere.

“So we went up around the corner and had a look and called the fire brigade.”

Mr Swain said when he arrived the fire looked like it had only recently started but he said it didn't take long to engulf the entire bus. “It actually looked like the fire had started inside the bus, the flames were all inside it,” he said.

Inspector Jo Reid of Grafton Police said an investigation into the incident was continuing.



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