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Fire on bus brings Barkingside High Street to a standstill

PUBLISHED: 16:38 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:48 06 June 2017

Smoke billows from a 150 bus on Barkingside High Street this morning. Photo: Michele Cristiane De Lima

Smoke billows from a 150 bus on Barkingside High Street this morning. Photo: Michele Cristiane De Lima

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Pedestrians, schoolchildren and commuters had a fright this morning when a bus burst into flames on a busy high street.

Just after 9.15am smoke was spotted billowing from a route 150 bus as passengers were seen evacuating onto the pavement.

A video posted on social media shows traffic coming to a standstill as cars try to work their way around the idling bus as it burns.

Tony Akers, TfL’s Head of Bus Operations, said: “A route 150 double-deck bus suffered a small engine fire in Barkingside this morning, which was quickly extinguished.

“The bus was in service at the time and the bus driver asked passengers to leave the bus as a precaution.

“No one was injured in the incident. An investigation is now underway.”

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman confirmed firefighters were called to the High Street at 9.18am and left the scene in under 10 minutes.

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