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No one injured after bus fire in downtown Victoria

Bus fire shuts down Victoria street
Emergency officials jumped into action after a bus went up in flames in Victoria.

A bus fire in downtown Victoria snarled traffic on Wednesday morning.

The bus caught fire at Fort Street and Blanshard Street around 8:15 a.m.

The fire on the small bus, owned by Wilson’s Transportation, sent black smoke billowing into the air and police had to evacuate a few of the nearby businesses.

“The van was fully engulfed,” said Mike Bourne, acting captain of the Victoria Fire Department. “Actually, we left No. 2 Hall at Superior Street and Douglas and we could see the smoke so it was really going by the time we got here.”

No one was injured in the fire. The driver did suffer some smoke inhalation but was able to get out safely. He was treated by B.C. Ambulance at the scene.

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There were no passengers on the bus.

It is not known how the fire started.

“From what I’ve been told, it started at the back of the bus,” said Bourne.

Bus fire in downtown Victoria Wednesday morning. Credit: Global News
Bus fire in downtown Victoria Wednesday morning. Credit: Global News