Disregard the idea that a vehicle will only catch fire in the middle of summer or because of a collision. This winter in Montreal is proof that vehicle fires should be a real winter worry. So far this month, at least four cars in Montreal have caught fire because of what appear to be common wintertime hazards.
Today, yet another video of a vehicle fire is circulating the internet, though it's unclear if the flames are the result of the same winter dangers. What is unsettling, however, is that the vehicle in question is a public transit bus.
TL;DR Another vehicle fire has happened in the Montreal area, this time involving a public bus in Laval. Videos and details from a witness below.
In these videos, submitted to us by MTL Blog reader @imposss on Instagram, you can see the flames seem to originate near the rear of the bus.
However, in the second video below, the fire clearly spread very rapidly, engulfing the bus in flames in no time.
When submitting the video, the witness gave us the following details.
The fire occurred in Laval last night, outside the Carrefour Laval parking lot by the Autoroute 440 and Autoroute 15.
It appears to be an STL bus, line #440.
It was around 7 PM when the bus was spotted on fire and apparently emergency responders were on the scene within 5 minutes.
The witness also says that within two to three minutes the whole bus was on fire as you can see in the video below.
He said the smell was horrible and I can only imagine how bad it must have been.
As I explained the article above, vehicles are made up of so much plastic, once a fire starts it becomes very difficult to get it under control.
Now think about the seats and seat covers on a bus and you can appreciate how quickly a public bus would catch fire to such a degree.
We got in touch with the STL, who told us that, thankfully, no one was injured and that the bus driver followed strict procedure as soon as he saw smoke.
Stay tuned for updates.