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Volvo bus catches fire, passengers safe

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A fire broke out in an air-conditioned Volvo bus plying between Kolkata and Asansol in Hooghly district today
Volvo bus fire APHooghly (WB): A fire broke out in an air-conditioned Volvo bus plying between Kolkata and Asansol in Hooghly district today, the police said.

However, none of the 38 passengers on board or the crew members were injured.

The driver of the private bus stopped the vehicle at Dankuni Housing More after noticing the fire, SDPO Rajnarayan Mukherjee said.

Passengers got down from the Asansol bound bus safely with the help of policemen.

Three fire tenders reached the spot but the bus was gutted and only the iron structure is left.

Short circuit could be the reason behind the blaze, the SDPO said adding the driver was detained for questioning about the safety measures in the bus.

Two fire incidents in Volvo buses in Karnataka had left 52 people dead late last year.

While 45 passengers travelling on a Bangalore- Hyderabad bus died on October 30 near Mehbubnagar, seven others died were killed the same way near Haveri on November 14.

PTI

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