A safari bus carrying 13 tourists caught fire on Tuesday near the top of Joes Hill road, but officials said the passengers were quickly evacuated and no one was injured.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer William Penn said that two fire engines were dispatched in response to the blaze, which started in the vehicle’s front end.

While the Fire and Rescue Service was en route, the driver attempted to extinguish the flames after the passengers were safely evacuated, according to Government Information Services.

Within 20 minutes of arriving on the scene, the fire officers extinguished the blaze, Mr. Penn said, and they then made arrangements to have the safari bus removed from the vicinity so that the cause can be properly investigated.

Police said Tuesday that they are investigating in collaboration with the fire service, the BVI Tourist Board and the Taxi and Livery Commission.

Mr. Penn commended the fire officers who responded and urged motorists to invest in small extinguishers, which can be carried in their vehicles.


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