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August 15, 2014
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JUTC bus catches fire again

Andre' Williams, STAR Writer

Another Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus again caught fire yesterday. The bus caught fire in Stony Hill, St Andrew, just a few days after a similar incident in the same community involving another JUTC bus. Passengers managed to escape without injury in yesterday's fire.

Clinton Clarke, marketing and communications manager at the JUTC, said checks are currently being made to determine the cause of the fire.

He said: "There was a fire. There was no extensive damage to the vehicle, and it is now with our local dealers to determine the cause of the fire."

According to the JUTC, the fire started in the engine room. Clarke said: "The driver saw signs while driving up the hill, and he used the extinguisher to put out the blaze; however, he was assisted by some police officers who were near by." Bystanders told our news team that firemen from the Stony Hill Fire Station assisted in bringing the blaze under control; however, the JUTC say they have no knowledge of that.

"I have no such report of the fire department's involvement," said Clarke.

A passenger on the bus when the fire started said he is fearful to travel on them. "The fire pan dem buses here too regular. A just last week one caught fire in the square, and now this incident - and is always the engine room, so dem need to have that checked thoroughly before a disaster," he said.

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