The driver of a minibus and three passengers escaped unhurt Thursday afternoon after the vehicle burst into flames.
The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLF) disclosed that the incident occurred about 4:10 PM on Broglie Street, opposite the Ave Maria Girls’ School.
According to information, the bus driver reported seeing flames coming from beneath the seat where the engine compartment is located.
It is reported that when he attempted to investigate, the vehicle erupted in flames and the three passengers who were being transported vacated.
It appears that the vehicle had been experiencing engine trouble prior to the incident on Thursday afternoon.
Fire Service spokesman, Jermaine Williams told St Lucia Times that the vehicle fire highlights the need for people to be more fire safety conscious.
“From a fire service point of view it means that we have a lot more work to do in educating the public, but it also means that the public are not heeding the warnings and the advice from the fire service,” Williams lamented.
He explained that the Fire Prevention Department has done ‘extensive’ outreach programmes.
“With the spate of vehicle fires we have had, we have advised persons to ensure that they have an extinguisher on their vehicles. We also advised them that if they do not have one to get one as soon as possible. That also extends to the home,” the SLFS official stated.
“Small fires tend to get out of control,” Williams declared.
He called on citizens to take heed of the fire safety information from the fire service and take greater responsibility for their own safety.