Hubballi: As many as 30 passengers and crew of the bus had a narrow escape after an Udupi-bound bus caught fire accidentally near Hubballi on Karwar Road in the wee hours of Sunday.
The private bus was going to Udupi from Pune; it is said that the bus’s rear tyre caught fire due to heat and friction. All the passengers and crew of the bus escaped safely. The two firefighters rushed to the spot and doused the fire. The bus belonged to Reshma Travels, according to the officials.
According to Fire and Emergency Department officials, it took them two hours to extinguish the fire, the bus was gutted to more than 60%, and all the passengers had already been transferred to another bus by the crew of the bus by the time they arrived at the spot.