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Durham bus destroyed by fire

Posted December 2, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014

A Durham Area Transit Authority bus is a total loss, a city spokesman said, after the engine caught fire Tuesday night outside the Durham Performing Arts Center on Mangum Street. (Photo by Alyson Stanley)
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— A Durham Area Transit Authority bus is a total loss, a city spokesman said, after the engine caught fire Tuesday night outside the Durham Performing Arts Center on Mangum Street.

About 15 people and the bus driver were on board when the fire broke out just before 9 p.m. All got off without incident and no one was hurt.

Firefighters used about 1,000 gallons to put the fire out. They were still investigating the cause late Tuesday night.

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  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 3, 2014

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    What is too bad is that that the hybrid buses particularly need them.

  • rickandlinda88 Dec 3, 2014

    durham bus drivers operate like they own the streets of this city..do not get in their way; they will run over top of you..this driver had a schedule to keep!!!so going fast and hard is just the way it is!!!!!

  • bottleworks Dec 3, 2014

    Too bad the non-hybrid buses don't have a fire suppression system. It would have saved that coach.

  • TB from WF Dec 3, 2014

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    I found it odd they mentioned the amount of whatever to put the fire out. Never saw that before. Weird.

  • bluedvlrob Dec 3, 2014

    1000 gallons of what? Water, chemicals.....

  • Trekker Dec 3, 2014

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    Manufacturers use technology to vent the gases before the tank explodes.

  • sinenomine Dec 3, 2014

    I never see a car fire that doesn't take me back to my teen years growing up in Washington DC. One summer day in the late 1960s I was driving my '65 Impala SS by the entrance to the Naval Observatory. There in the middle of Massachusetts Avenue was a pink and white '58 Edsel convertible, top down, belching flames from the engine. I imagine the resale value of that car was negligible.

  • jimcricket15 Dec 3, 2014

    Just be thankful this was not one of those propane fueled vehicles. It if was the Performing Arts Center would not exist.