By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—NO fewer than 12 persons cheated death yesterday when the commuter bus in which they were traveling, suddenly caught fire at Amaraku, Isiala Mbano Local Council area of Imo State and burnt to ashes.

It was not clear at the time of this report, where the bus was coming from or where it was heading to, before the mishap.

A man, who claimed to be an eye witness, said the bus driver did not even know that his bus was on fire until a by-stander raised an alarm.

“The vehicle driver did not even know that his vehicle was on fire. It was a by-stander that raised the fire alarm. The occupants managed to escape into safety before the bus went up in flame”, the man recounted.

He recalled that some sympathizers brought out their fire extinguishers and expended them on the blazing fire.

“Several drivers brought out their fire extinguishers and tried to put out the fire but it did not achieve the desired result”, the man recounted.

Speaking further, the man said “we expected to see at least, a fire fighting vehicle but none came. The police and Road Safety officials were conspicuously absent. Traffic kept flowing because some volunteers ensured it did”, the man said.

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