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BUS ON FIRE IN SANDOWN

Photo: Sarah Read

A Southern Vectis double-decker bus has been gutted this afternoon after a fire ripped through the back of the vehicle.

Black smoke filled the air near to the High Street in the town shortly before 13:20. It is believed the fire started in the engine compartment, which is located it the rear section of the vehicle.

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Two pumping appliances from Sandown and Shanklin are currently on the scene tackling the fire using breathing apparatus and hose reels.

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Avenue Road is closed at the junction with Fort Street.

No one is believed to have been injured in the incident.

UPDATE @ 15:30 – Fire crews have left the scene and recovery has been arranged to remove the vehicle from the roadside. It has been confirmed that no persons were injured as a result of the incident.

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