Bus bursts into flames on A13 near Dagenham causing severe road delays

PUBLISHED: 09:55 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 15 July 2013


A bus which erupted into flames saw tailbacks stretch out along a busy main road while firefighters brought the “very hot” blaze under control.

No passengers were on board the bus and, which was believed to be travelling back to its depot when it set alight on Saturday at around 1.20pm along the A13, close to the turn off between Asda supermarket and Dagenham East.

The driver escaped without injury but traffic was held up as far back as Beckton as both carriageways were closed while firefighters spent around two hours tackling the blaze.

Dagenham blue watch manager Chis Layton said the entire bus was engulfed in flames, adding: “We could actually see the plume of smoke when we were coming up along Dagenham Heathway.

“The fire was very, very hot to the point where we actually think it damaged the road surface, which is why the road was closed for so long.”

Conscious of the delay to drivers, firefighters used foam jets to quell the fire quickly after water proved too slow in extinguishing it.

Two pumps, both from Dagenham fire station attended the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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