Double decker bus catches fire on the A338 Spur Road

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  • A bus has caught fire on the A338 Spur Road
  • The road was previously closed northbound - traffic is now moving slowly in one lane
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3:56pm

We've since uploaded a full story on the bus fire, which you can read here

Here's another picture we've been sent from Derek Lockyer, which appears to be taken from another passing double decker bus

Bournemouth Echo:

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Travel Dorset have said delays are now in excess of 45 minutes on the A338 Spur Road northbound

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Apparently traffic is still 'solid' on the A338 northbound, so if you can avoid the area, do

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Although the A338 is open, here's a new update from Travel Dorset:
 

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Here's some footage of the smouldering remains of the bus filmed by Chief Reporter Steve Smith at the scene:

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Reporter Steve said five passengers escaped without injury after the fire began:
 

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Although the road has been re-opened northbound there are still long delays on the A338 Spur Road northbound:

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Here's another picture we've been sent in by JR Miramon

Bournemouth Echo:

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Traffic moving slowly in one lane northbound

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There's been a serious crash between an articulated lorry and a car in North Dorset - information on that here

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Traffic is now being allowed to pass by northbound

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Reporter Steve Smith says there aren't any passengers on the side of the road. He is waiting to speak to the incident commander from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service 

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Reporter Steve Smith says lots of motorists are stuck between the road closure and the bus

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Unrelated to this incident, but there's been a crash on the A350 in Compton Abbas, which is closed in both directions between Drones Lane junction and the A30 Christy's Lane junction because of an accident.

We will update this as soon as possible.

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Adam, 27, said: "I was there before the fire engines arrived.

"I couldn't see any people on the bus, but I did see what I thought might be the driver and a passenger standing about 20 to 30 feet away from it."

He said the heat from the blaze was so intense he could feel it from the other side of the road.

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We've been sent this video footage from Adam Hall

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Bournemouth Airport spokesperson says they are aware of the fire, but no flights are currently affected by the problems

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Sorry for the confusion - the official word is that the incident is on the A338 St Ives, northbound at the A31 Ringwood Road, and the A338 is blocked northbound at the Ashley Heath Interchannge.

We have a reporter and photographer on their way to the scene, and will update as specifically as possible when we have more information.

1:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Jim_Springbourne says

So where is the fire?? A338 northbound, or A31 Eastbound? Are we OK coming up the Spur road? Report is confusing to say the least......

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If you've been affected, or have any photographs of the fire (taken safely of course!), please get in touch - 01202 411296 or newsdesk@bournemouthecho.co.uk

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Police say other roads may be closed as a result of the incident, but at the moment, it appears that just the northbound carriageway of the A338 is affected

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We've had an update from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. Three crews are currently on the scene from Ferndown, Christchurch and Ringwood dealing with the blaze.

A spokesperson said: "An ambulance came across the incident separately and stopped to make sure there were no casualties.

"Crews are using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets."

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This is sounding like a big fire, although fortunately there don't appear to be any reported injuries.

Bournemouth Airport has been informed because there's so much smoke in the air

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We've been sent this picture of the double decker bus on fire from Emma Hassell

Bournemouth Echo:

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A Dorset Police spokesperson said a call came in at 1.20pm from the bus company reporting the fire.

It involves a double-decker bus

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Firefighters are currently dealing with a double decker bus that has caught fire on the A338..

The northbound side of the road is blocked because of smoke blowing across the road from the fire.

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1:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

So where is the fire?? A338 northbound, or A31 Eastbound? Are we OK coming up the Spur road? Report is confusing to say the least......
So where is the fire?? A338 northbound, or A31 Eastbound? Are we OK coming up the Spur road? Report is confusing to say the least...... Jim_Springbourne
  • Score: 4

2:05pm Wed 19 Feb 14

PokesdownMark says...

Waze app suggests it is northbound side of spur rd. Half way between Blackwater and A31 roundabout. Likely to impact southbound too no doubt.
Waze app suggests it is northbound side of spur rd. Half way between Blackwater and A31 roundabout. Likely to impact southbound too no doubt. PokesdownMark
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Wed 19 Feb 14

PokesdownMark says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Waze app suggests it is northbound side of spur rd. Half way between Blackwater and A31 roundabout. Likely to impact southbound too no doubt.
of course, thats only where a Waze user reported - so may be just the location of the back of a long queue :-(
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Waze app suggests it is northbound side of spur rd. Half way between Blackwater and A31 roundabout. Likely to impact southbound too no doubt.[/p][/quote]of course, thats only where a Waze user reported - so may be just the location of the back of a long queue :-( PokesdownMark
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Not another one of those electronic fags burst into flames is it?
Not another one of those electronic fags burst into flames is it? The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: -1

2:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Who cares where it is. Most of you never leave your house anyway.
Who cares where it is. Most of you never leave your house anyway. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 6

2:19pm Wed 19 Feb 14

joehope says...

Adam Hall watch out, using a phone camera whilst driving is illegal, irresponsible and dangerous!
Bournemouth Echo you should know better than to publish this video and thereby encourage others..
Adam Hall watch out, using a phone camera whilst driving is illegal, irresponsible and dangerous! Bournemouth Echo you should know better than to publish this video and thereby encourage others.. joehope
  • Score: 21

2:24pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Villz says...

Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??
Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe?? Villz
  • Score: -14

3:02pm Wed 19 Feb 14

TinyLegacy says...

Villz wrote:
Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??
Yes, but apparently their crystal ball for predicting failure of parts broke down last week.
[quote][p][bold]Villz[/bold] wrote: Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??[/p][/quote]Yes, but apparently their crystal ball for predicting failure of parts broke down last week. TinyLegacy
  • Score: 17

3:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

George Bowling says...

It was incredibly fortunate that there appears to have only been five passengers on the bus. Had it been full, I dread to think of the consequences.
It was incredibly fortunate that there appears to have only been five passengers on the bus. Had it been full, I dread to think of the consequences. George Bowling
  • Score: -1

3:17pm Wed 19 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Why is the Echo publishing pictures clearly taken by people driving cars and using their phone, which is illegal?
Why is the Echo publishing pictures clearly taken by people driving cars and using their phone, which is illegal? speedy231278
  • Score: 9

3:49pm Wed 19 Feb 14

PokesdownMark says...

Is the rumour true? The bus dropped below 50mph due to a speed camera and boom.
Is the rumour true? The bus dropped below 50mph due to a speed camera and boom. PokesdownMark
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Wed 19 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Villz wrote:
Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??
I am pleased to hear from a highly qualified specialist bus engineer who has obviously already inspected the vehicle inside and out and already knows all the answers! In fact let's all start a hysterical Echo campaign to ban all buses for fear of spontaneous combustion and why not blame this particular fire on man made global warming whilst we are at it.

For goodness sake....

(And Echo people, are you not promoting illegal activity posting video footage taken by people driving their cars?).
[quote][p][bold]Villz[/bold] wrote: Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??[/p][/quote]I am pleased to hear from a highly qualified specialist bus engineer who has obviously already inspected the vehicle inside and out and already knows all the answers! In fact let's all start a hysterical Echo campaign to ban all buses for fear of spontaneous combustion and why not blame this particular fire on man made global warming whilst we are at it. For goodness sake.... (And Echo people, are you not promoting illegal activity posting video footage taken by people driving their cars?). muscliffman
  • Score: 6

4:24pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Chris the plumber says...

muscliffman wrote:
Villz wrote:
Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??
I am pleased to hear from a highly qualified specialist bus engineer who has obviously already inspected the vehicle inside and out and already knows all the answers! In fact let's all start a hysterical Echo campaign to ban all buses for fear of spontaneous combustion and why not blame this particular fire on man made global warming whilst we are at it.

For goodness sake....

(And Echo people, are you not promoting illegal activity posting video footage taken by people driving their cars?).
It is only illegal to take video footage if you do it on a mobile phone whilst
holding it, if it is in cradle or a holder of some sort it is quite legal. even if the driver was holding a video camera the crown would have to show that holding the camera would adversely effect the drivers control. Which they may well b able to prove
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villz[/bold] wrote: Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??[/p][/quote]I am pleased to hear from a highly qualified specialist bus engineer who has obviously already inspected the vehicle inside and out and already knows all the answers! In fact let's all start a hysterical Echo campaign to ban all buses for fear of spontaneous combustion and why not blame this particular fire on man made global warming whilst we are at it. For goodness sake.... (And Echo people, are you not promoting illegal activity posting video footage taken by people driving their cars?).[/p][/quote]It is only illegal to take video footage if you do it on a mobile phone whilst holding it, if it is in cradle or a holder of some sort it is quite legal. even if the driver was holding a video camera the crown would have to show that holding the camera would adversely effect the drivers control. Which they may well b able to prove Chris the plumber
  • Score: -3

5:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Lord Spring says...

If it was the X3 and on a Tuesday it would be packed with us old cadgers having a day out in Salisbury, it would have then taken 15 mins for all to get off the bus.
If it was the X3 and on a Tuesday it would be packed with us old cadgers having a day out in Salisbury, it would have then taken 15 mins for all to get off the bus. Lord Spring
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Wed 19 Feb 14

crystaluser says...

The bus driver on X3 from Salisbury told me it was one of the brand new buses!
The bus driver on X3 from Salisbury told me it was one of the brand new buses! crystaluser
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

JackJohnson says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Villz wrote:
Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??
I am pleased to hear from a highly qualified specialist bus engineer who has obviously already inspected the vehicle inside and out and already knows all the answers! In fact let's all start a hysterical Echo campaign to ban all buses for fear of spontaneous combustion and why not blame this particular fire on man made global warming whilst we are at it.

For goodness sake....

(And Echo people, are you not promoting illegal activity posting video footage taken by people driving their cars?).
It is only illegal to take video footage if you do it on a mobile phone whilst
holding it, if it is in cradle or a holder of some sort it is quite legal. even if the driver was holding a video camera the crown would have to show that holding the camera would adversely effect the drivers control. Which they may well b able to prove
As the camera is moving relevant to the vehicle it is clear it is not in a fixed holder. Furthermore, from the position of the camera inside the vehicle it is clear that it was being operated by the driver (unless it is a left hand drive vehicle). The driver, therefore, is an a*rse and will, hopefully, be prosecuted.
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villz[/bold] wrote: Are these buses properly serviced and normally safe??[/p][/quote]I am pleased to hear from a highly qualified specialist bus engineer who has obviously already inspected the vehicle inside and out and already knows all the answers! In fact let's all start a hysterical Echo campaign to ban all buses for fear of spontaneous combustion and why not blame this particular fire on man made global warming whilst we are at it. For goodness sake.... (And Echo people, are you not promoting illegal activity posting video footage taken by people driving their cars?).[/p][/quote]It is only illegal to take video footage if you do it on a mobile phone whilst holding it, if it is in cradle or a holder of some sort it is quite legal. even if the driver was holding a video camera the crown would have to show that holding the camera would adversely effect the drivers control. Which they may well b able to prove[/p][/quote]As the camera is moving relevant to the vehicle it is clear it is not in a fixed holder. Furthermore, from the position of the camera inside the vehicle it is clear that it was being operated by the driver (unless it is a left hand drive vehicle). The driver, therefore, is an a*rse and will, hopefully, be prosecuted. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

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