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Bus catches fire in downtown Edmonton

Aug. 13, 2015, Edmonton - There were no injuries when a double-decker bus burst into flames on a major roadway in downtown Edmonton.

August 13, 2015
By The Canadian Press

The bus from Strathcona County caught fire on McDougall Hill during the noon hour on Wednesday.

Fire officials said the flames appeared to be coming from the bottom of the bus.

Witnesses reportedly said the bus had been leaking oil all along the Low Level Bridge before reaching the hill.

The flames were quickly extinguished and the nine passengers, including the driver, got out safely.

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Delaina Schweitzer and her mother, along with six children, were riding the bus when the fire started.

“All of a sudden the bus pulled over and then we saw smoke,” Schweitzer said. “So we had to run, the smoke was pretty thick and (it was) hard to breathe.”

Schweitzer said the incident was frightening but the bus driver and emergency crews helped to put the group at ease — one fire official stopped to talk with the children, to make sure they were OK.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.