Authorities have confirmed that none of the near-two dozen passengers or tour operators were injured during the fire that consumed a safari bus while touring Tortola on Tuesday morning.
The bus caught fire while travelling up Joe’s Hill.
“All 23 passengers were able to exit the vehicle before anything,” Director of the Taxi and Livery Commission, Dameon Percival told BVI News after the fiery incident.
“I also got word that some of them even went to other beaches,” added Percival who said the visitors have largely remained in good spirits.
“They are perfectly fine about it. Based on the response I got from the team that was interacting with them, everybody seemed perfectly ok so, that’s a plus.”
Percival, who visited the scene of the incident, said an unofficial assessment from fire officers is that the fire was caused by a broken power-steering fuel line. This broken fuel line coupled with a hot engine environment resulted in the combustion, he explained.
The vehicle, which was also being occupied by its driver and his assistant, was destroyed.
“We’re just grateful and extremely happy that nobody was injured,” Percival said.
Previously Published Article
A safari bus believed to be carrying tourists has burst into flames.
The vehicle caught fire while travelling along Joe’s Hill on Tortola sometime Tuesday morning.
A photograph sent to our news centre indicates that firefighters have already responded and are on the scene.
When contacted for information on the incident, Chief Fire Officer Zebalon McLean told BVI News he was only just coming out of an unrelated meeting and had not yet been briefed on the reported incident.
It is not clear whether anyone was injured as details surrounding the fire are still sketchy.
BVI News will provide further details as it becomes available.
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