Arson on No 49
BUS operator First is working with police to try and identify vandals who set fire to a number 49 bus which had just passed through Fishponds.
Flames were spotted on the back seat of the bus as it passed through Staple Hill towards Emersons Green on the evening of January 16.
It has been reported that a passenger on the bus used their steel toe-capped boots to smash open the glass case containing the vehicle’s fire extinguisher, before using it to put out the flames.
A spokesperson for First West of England said: “We can confirm there was an incident on the number 49 from the city centre to Emerson’s Green on Wednesday 16th in the early evening.
“At this time we believe a small fire started as a result of vandalism and we are working with the police to try to identify the culprits.
“All our vehicles are fitted with fire extinguishers for incidents of this kind. Our drivers are trained in their use and we are investigating the specific details of the incident concerned.”