Two natural gas-powered buses go up in flames

8th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

NANCY, Aug 8 (AFP) - A fire on an urban bus powered by natural gas in the western French city of Nancy provoked a hasty evacuation by the 40 passengers but resulted in no casualties and no explosion, firemen said Monday.

NANCY, Aug 8 (AFP) - A fire on an urban bus powered by natural gas in the western French city of Nancy provoked a hasty evacuation by the 40 passengers but resulted in no casualties and no explosion, firemen said Monday.

The rear of the vehicle was entirely gutted by the flames before firemen were able to extinguish the blaze. The incident occurred Sunday in the centre of the city.

"The fire was caused by an engine malfunction, and the energy source -- natural gas -- was not to blame," a municipal spokesman told AFP.

The company managing Nancy's public transport network temporarily withdrew 64 other gas-powered buses as a precaution.

The fire came a week after a blaze on another gas-powered bus in the eastern town of Montbeliard which resulted in one of its nine gas bottles exploding. The three passengers and the driver managed to evacuate before the blast and were unhurt.

Around 1,600 buses and 300 trucks in France are powered by natural gas, an energy source different from liquified petroleum gas (LPG) which some other vehicles use.

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Subject: French news, Nancy, Montbeliard, bus, explosions

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