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UK News Bus on fire at Glasgow Fort was brand new eco bus 'torched by yobs with flare'

01:45  19 january  2020
01:45  19 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Glasgow Fort is located adjacent to Junction 10 of the M8, 5 miles to the east of Glasgow City Centre (35 miles west of Edinburgh). The public toilets at Glasgow Fort are found between The Body Shop and Zara. We have an accessible toilet within the Male toilets and also within the Female toilets.

A bus which was caught fire at Glasgow 's Fort shopping centre earlier tonight was one of a £100million fleet of brand new eco vehicles.

The First Bus, which is worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, is understood to have been set alight by yobs throwing a flare.

The double decker was thankfully empty when the blaze broke out and quickly caught hold on the vehicle at Glasgow Fort shopping centre in the east of the city.

a large fire in a dark room: The bus ablaze as firefighters move in © Twitter/@Scottish_Duggy The bus ablaze as firefighters move in

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Dramatic footage filmed around 6pm captured the moment the brand new bus became an "inferno".

Police are now investigating the blaze which is suspected of being started deliberately with a flare.

Shocked shoppers took footage of the burning bus and put them on social media.

The bus became an inferno © Twitter/@Scottish_Duggy The bus became an inferno

The bus was stopped next to restaurants when the blaze broke out.

Images show huge sheets of flame and smoke emerging from the top deck.

Some debris is also seen shooting from the vehicle as the heat intensifies.

@Scottish_Duggy tweeted:"A double decker bus has turned into a complete inferno at Glasgow Fort tonight. Best avoid the route next to the cinema! Apparently Nobody was on the bus and emergency guys were there within minutes."

Bus fire at Glasgow's Fort Shopping Centre sees blaze engulf vehicle

  Bus fire at Glasgow's Fort Shopping Centre sees blaze engulf vehicle Dramatic footage show the bus in flames near the busy shopping area.The double decker was thankfully thought to be empty when the blaze broke out and quickly caught hold on the vehicle at Glasgow's Fort shopping centre in the east of the city..

A brand new bus route is launching at Glasgow Fort on Sunday 26th of May 2019. The public toilets at Glasgow Fort are found between The Body Shop and Zara. We have an accessible toilet within the Male toilets and also within the Female toilets.

Coatbridge to Glasgow Fort bus services, operated by Stagecoach Glasgow , depart from Easterhouse, Lochend Road station. Stagecoach Glasgow operates a bus from Coatbridge to Glasgow Fort every 15 minutes, and the journey takes 11 min.

a double decker bus parked on the side of a road: The bus was left like a shell © DAVID McNIE PHOTOGRAPHY The bus was left like a shell

And Soph, who captured images of the blaze, tweeted:"First bus on fire @ Glasgow fort."

The vehicle was parked at a terminus to allow a driver change over.

And it is thought a flare was thrown inside by a group of yobs.

Police have taken forensic samples from the vehicle. And it is thought CCTV nearby is being checked.

There are no reports of injuries at this time.

Scottish Fire and Rescue received an emergency call shortly before 6pm tonight.

The top deck was gutted © DAVID McNIE PHOTOGRAPHY The top deck was gutted

Two fire engines raced to the scene.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said:"We are still in attendance just now. It is the Glasgow Fort Retail Park, Easterhouse in Glasgow.

"We received the call at 17.58 this evening from a member of the public to a report that a bus was on fire.

"We have two appliances attending that are currently still in attendance."

A First Bus spokesman said:"I can confirm it was one of our vehicles. A brand new low emission one bought for the LEZ in October.

"No one was on board or injured, the fire was extinguished by the fire brigade on site and has now been recovered to the depot to be assessed."

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