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Bus fire caused by leak

AUTHORITIES have ruled out foul play after fire destroyed a bus in Beijing yesterday.

Beijing Municipal Bus Company authorities said the accident had been the result of a natural gas pipeline leak in the engine.

The bus on route No.17 caught fire at 6am near Puhuangyu in the south of the capital as it was returning to headquarters. Only the driver and a conductor were on board. The driver parked the bus immediately after the fire broke out.

A breakfast vendor surnamed Dong said: "The fire started from the rear part of the bus at about 6am. The driver attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but their efforts were futile."

Firefighters attended and the blackened bus frame was towed away. After that a team of sanitation workers began to clear up the mess and debris left behind.

One worker, Zhang Xinjiang, said: "The smudge was very hard to remove. The debris was taken away in two tricycles."

No one was hurt in the incident, the municipal public security department said.

The municipal bus company has ordered natural gas pipelines, electric circuits and gasoline pipelines in all gas-fired buses in Beijing to be checked.


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