WATCH: Investigation launched after Aberdeen bus fire

An investigation has been launched after a bus caught fire today.

The incident happened at 7am on Gardner Drive in Kincorth and involved First Aberdeen’s 17 service.

Smoke could be seen billowing from all windows of the double decker while the blaze was being tackled.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “There was a passenger on board.

“We were alerted at 7am and two appliances were sent with nine crew members.

“A hose reel jet, short ladder, small tools were used, as well as a fan to clear smoke from the vehicle.”

Two fire engines attended the scene after receiving a call from the driver.

One passenger was on board at the time of the incident.

The blaze was extinguished by 7.30am but firefighters remained at the site until just after 8am.

Seating from the vehicle was burned black and laid on grass to the side of the pavement.

Metal parts of the bus were also left charred and removed.

After the blaze.
After the blaze.

An investigation has now been launched into the cause of the blaze.

A First Aberdeen spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was a fire on one of our Service 17 vehicles this morning in Aberdeen.

“The driver ensured that the one passenger was escorted to safety and the emergency services were alerted.

“The First Aberdeen engineering team are on scene and are working on recovery of the vehicle.

“We have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.”

Police Scotland also attended the scene to help divert vehicles away from the site.

A spokesman for the force said: “We were assisting with traffic management.

The road was closed for around two hours today.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said the road reopened around 8.45am.