A Bureau of Fire Protection officer inspects the bus that caught fire in Barangay Greater Fairview, Quezon City yesterday. At right, vehicles slow down along Commonwealth Avenue due to the incident.
2 dead, 4 hurt in bus fire
Neil Jayson Servallos(The Philippine Star) - January 4, 2021 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines Two persons died and four others were injured when a passenger bus caught fire yesterday along Commonwealth Avenue in Barangay Greater Fairview, Quezon City.
According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the bus carrying about 20 people, including the driver and conductor, caught fire along Pearl Drive at around 12:39 p.m.
The BFP said the fire, which reached the first alarm was declared out at around 1:20 p.m.
According to arson probers, the fatalities were trapped in the burning vehicle.
Chief Insp. Joseph del Mundo, Quezon City BFP operations head, said the victims were a female bus conductor and a male passenger.
Citing witnesses accounts, Del Mundo said the passenger allegedly doused the conductor with a flammable substance and set her on fire after they reportedly locked horns for an unknown reason.
Del Mundo said the bus driver tried to pacify the two and attempted to push the conductor out of the vehicle.
The driver tried to push the conductor outside, but he was stopped by the passenger. Thats why the conductor was not able to head out of the bus, Del Mundo said in an interview on dzBB.
Del Mundo said shortly after, the passenger set himself on fire.
Four others including the driver were injured, according to the BFP.
The passengers immediately jumped out of the bus based on videos. There were also reports that there were people trapped while the bus was on fire, Barangay Fairview fire and rescue response team said.
Witnesses said the passenger used gasoline.
Del Mundo, however, said they have yet to determine the su