Commuter bus catches fire



Disabled by a fire in the rear engine compartment, a Downeast Transportation commuter bus sits beside Route 3 in Bar Harbor late Friday afternoon. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Disabled by a fire in the rear engine compartment, a Downeast Transportation commuter bus sits beside Route 3 in Bar Harbor late Friday afternoon.
ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

BAR HARBOR — No one was injured when fire broke out in the engine compartment of a Downeast Transportation bus shortly before 4 p.m. last Friday, Nov. 14, near the Belle Isle Motel on Route 3.

The bus, carrying Jackson Laboratory employees, was making its daily commuter run to Bangor.

Downeast Transportation General Manager Paul Murphy said Monday that the company’s mechanics are working to determine the cause of the fire, which was confined to the rear engine compartment of the diesel-powered bus.

“The onboard fire suppressant system engaged immediately and was 100 percent effective in extinguishing the fire,” Murphy said. “The passengers were evacuated in an orderly manner. We think the driver handled his end of it just as he should have.”

Murphy said he didn’t know the exact number of passengers on the bus at the time, but there usually are 20 to 25 on that run. He said the passengers were picked up within a few minutes by another bus sent from Downeast Transportation’s maintenance facility at the Acadia Gateway Center in Trenton.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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