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Boy, 14, arrested for arson after double decker bus bursts into flames

Boy, 14, arrested for arson after double decker bus bursts into flames

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A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a double decker bus caught fire.

The bus burst into flames at Burnley bus station on Croft Street at about 11pm on Monday.

Incredible pictures and video show the bus well alight as flames lit up the dark bus station and black smoke rose into the sky.

Five fire engines and the aerial ladder platform from Lancashire Fire and Rescue raced to the scene, and it took them three hours to fully extinguish the fire.

Both the bus and the roof of the bus station were damaged in the fire.

Lancashire Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of criminal damage – arson endangering life.

Five fire crews were called in to fight the fire (Picture: @killernat1234_/X)

The boy, who is from the Burnley area, is still in custody and the force says enquiries are ongoing.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: ‘Five fire engines from Burnley, Nelson, Padiham, Great Harwood and the aerial ladder platform from Hyndburn attended a bus fire on Croft Street, Burnley.

‘Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets, one foam branch, one triple extension ladder, a 13.5 extension ladder, cutting tools and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.

‘Crews were in attendance for three hours.’

A police spokesperson added: ‘We were called at shortly before 11pm yesterday to a report of a bus fire at Burnley Bus Station on Croft Street.

‘Officers attended along with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service who extinguished the fire.

‘Damage was caused to a bus and the roof of the bus station.

‘A 14-year-old boy from Burnley has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage – arson endangering life and is in custody.

‘Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should call us on 101 quoting log 1592 of June 10.’

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