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Monday, February 29, 2016

VIDEO: Burning Bus Captures Attention of City, Twitter

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 5:16 PM

"Ninth and Howard" trended on local Twitter on Monday afternoon, courtesy of a bus that caught fire at the Chevron gas station at (you guessed it) Ninth and Howard streets.

The bus — more of a 25-person "van," really, operated by a firm called Transmetro, as the San Francisco Examiner helpfully points out — pulled into the gas station at about 2:30 p.m. after the driver noticed the engine overheating on what was certainly a balmy afternoon, according to witnesses. He saw smoke coming from the hood, and shortly after — fire. 

The blaze was extinguished at 3 p.m., but not before shutting down South of Market for over an hour. 

 No  injuries were reported, but business as usual shut down in the area.  According to the Ex, gas station workers shut down the flow of gasoline to the pumps as soon as the threat of fire emerged. Witnesses, including the author of the video at the top of this post, reported hearing multiple explosions before the bus was engulfed in flames.

The gas station awning and several of the pumps sustained heavy damage, but the gas station's market and adjacent Burger King appeared to have escaped damage, according to reports.

And that was our Monday.
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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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