Bus explosion causes Telegraph Hill fire

The burning bus pic: Benjamin Ward

Residents were woken by a dramatic fire in Telegraph Hill this morning, after a double-decker bus exploded into flames.

The incident happened on Pepys Road at the bus stop next to St Catherine’s Church. The explosion led to a fire which engulfed the bus. A burning tyre then caused the fire to spread to a car parked nearby.

The fire brigade, ambulances and the police attended the scene and the fire was put out. No one was injured in the blaze.

The Metropolitan Police said that all passengers had been removed from the bus by the driver before the fire broke out. The driver reportedly ordered passengers off the bus after seeing a spark.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade told EastLondonLines: “The incident took place at 8.22 on Pepys Road, SE14 this morning. One double-decker bus and a motor vehicle were destroyed in the fire.”

She said the fire service had received 31 calls to the incident.

Police said the cause of the fire will be investigated.

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