A Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus was partially gutted after it caught fire near Chandani Chowk area of the city on Monday evening. No casualties were reported in the blaze as the commuters had deboarded the bus in time after the driver reported the fire to them, officials said.
According to the information given by Pune Fire Brigade, the blaze started around 7.30 pm on a PMPML bus running on CNG. The incident took place on Bhugaon Road near Chandani Chowk. After receiving a call at the Fire brigade control room, two fire tenders were deployed to douse the blaze.
Fire Officer Gajanan Paturdkar said, “When we reached the spot, the upper portion of the bus was engulfed in flames. We brought the fire under control within minutes and then conducted the cooling operation by spraying water to prevent any secondary fire. The inside seating of the bus has been gutted in the fire while the remaining body has less damage. We have been told that there were a few passengers in the bus but they were all made to deboard after the driver reported a fire in the engine compartment. No casualties have been reported.”
The bus fire and the operation by the fire brigade affected the traffic on Bhugaon road for a while but normal flow resumed after the blaze was brought under control, officials said.