A passenger luxury bus travelling from Ahmedabad to Pune through Ghodbunder was abruptly burnt near Tollnaka on Ghodbunder Road at around 7 am on Friday. The passenger and the driver successfully rescued all the passengers from the vehicle.
A luxury bus carrying passengers from Gujarat was heading towards Pune via Ghodbundar near Versova when it catches fire.
One of the rear tyres of the bus first caught fire which then spread to the rest of the running bus. An auto driver, who eyewitnesses the burning tyre, overtook the bus and alerted the driver. The driver informed the sleeping conductor and then both of them alerted the passengers who were in deep sleep.
The bus was up in flames but luckily all the 25 passengers and crew members had alighted, said the official from the Kashimira Police Station. However, the entire luggage compartment was gutted in the fire and passengers are likely to have their belongings burned.
“As soon as the fire broke out, a fireteam of Mira-Bhayandar Municipality rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire in 40 minutes. Although, most of the parts of the bus were burned,” said Fire Chief Chhotu Adival.
There was a huge morning traffic jam in the area due to the fire which was later cleared, said a Kashimira police official.