Firefighters Extinguish Bus Fire Downtown, None Injured

Photo: Berkeley Fire Inspector Stan Fernandez examines what he said appeared a be a  mattress caught beneath the AC Transit bus, which may have been the cause of the fire.
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Berkeley Fire Inspector Stan Fernandez examines what he said appeared a be a mattress caught beneath the AC Transit bus, which may have been the cause of the fire.

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AC Transit Bus Catches Fire

On November 8, the Berkeley Fire Department responded to a fire aboard an AC Transit bus at Dwight Way and Shattuck Avenue.

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The Berkeley Fire Department has put down a fire that broke out aboard an AC Transit bus at the intersection of Dwight Way and Shattuck Avenue.

According to Sabina Imrie, assistant fire chief for special operations at the department, the first call reporting the blaze came at around 12:35 p.m. She said the back portion of the bus was on fire when firefighters from the department arrived.

Deputy Fire Chief Gilbert Dong said no one was injured in the incident.

The blaze was contained by around 12:50 p.m. and, as of about 1:20 p.m, crews remain on the scene, Imrie said.

Clarence Johnson, a spokesperson for AC Transit, said at the scene that the driver operating the bus was informed there was something dragging from the rear of the bus by a person who pulled their car alongside the bus.

"(The driver) immediately got all of her passengers off the bus," Johnson said at the scene. "Almost the second she did that, the bus was engulfed in flames. So she really did what we think is a heroic job."

Johnson said the cause of the fire is currently unknown.

"We're still trying to determine exactly what happened," he said.

According to Imrie, the bus had been dragging something - which appears to be a mattress - but she added that investigators are working to confirm exactly what was under the bus.

Melanie De Anda of The Daily Californian contributed to this report.


Nick Myers is the assistant city news editor. Contact him at [email protected]

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