A Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus, route number 27D from Villivakkam to Pattinapakkam, caught fire when it was near Queen Mary’s College in the city.
As soon as passengers noticed smoke, they made the drive to stop the bus and got down from it. The fire and rescue services personnel were informed and they doused the smoke and flames.
The bus was removed from the spot immediately, as the route is being used by chief minister J Jayalalithaa to reach the secretariat. Alternative arrangements were made for passengers.
Only last week, passengers travelling by a Chennai-bound private bus had a miraculous escape when the bus caught fire after dashing against a truck between Mocherla and Veerepalli on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway under Gudlur police station limits in Prakasam district, it may be recalled.
And in April, a college bus carrying 15 students in Chennai caught fire, but all of them escaped unhurt as fire service personnel doused the flames, officials said.
The bus, belonging to a private college, was near Guindy when the driver noticed smoke and fire emanating from the engine of the bus, Fire and Rescue Services officials said.
On being alerted by passersby, fire and rescue services personnel from Guindy and Raj Bhavan reached the spot with two fire tenders. They put out the fire in 30 minutes.