Victoria firefighters hose down an airport shuttle bus Wednesday on Blanshard Street at Fort Street. Don Denton/Victoria News

Mini bus ablazein city’s downtown

Flaming vehicle a spectacle for passersby at busy intersection

Firefighters battled a bus fire at Blanshard and Fort Street during the morning rush at about 8:25 a.m. Wednesday.

The vehicle was a Wilson’s Transportion 20-person ‘Mini Coach’ routinely used for airport shuttle routes. Victoria police on the scene confirmed only the driver was on board. The operator was “a little shaken” was was transported to hospital with no major injuries.

For a little under an hour, Blanshard Street was blocked to traffic as fire crews dealt with the charred bus.

“Our biggest concern is the safety of the general public,” said John Wilson, owner of the bus company. “There will be an investigation as to what caused this … For now we’re just happy that everyone involved is safe and sound.”

anna.james@vicnews.com

 

Victoria frefighters work to extinguish a bus on fire on Blanshard Street at Fort Street during the morning commute Wednesday. Anna James/Victoria News

Just Posted

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

Expect rolling street closures, bus delays as truck convoy moves through region Saturday

The annual Truck Light Convoy will roll through the region starting at 5:45 p.m.

UPDATED: 64-year-old Victoria man David Atkins found

Atkins was found by Sooke RCMP on Saturday morning

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Most Read