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Charlottesville Transit Bus Catches Fire

June 2, 2011

A Charlottesville Area Transit bus caught fire Thursday morning in the 700 block of Water Street near Lexis Nexis.

Crews responded around 9:15am and quickly extinguished the flames, which started in the front of the bus and penetrated to the cab. Investigators traced fuel leakage back to 9th Street and believe a fuel line rupture sparked the fire.

"They found evidence of a fuel leak starting back about a block or two. We're thinking that the fuel line broke and sprayed fuel onto a hot engine component, and that's what actually ignited the fire," explained Deputy Fire Chief Britt Grimm.

The bus was in transit back to the station so no passengers were on board. The driver also was unharmed. Officials also say the bus was up to date on its routine inspections.

Lexis Nexis was briefly evacuated as a precaution.

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