Sound Transit 522 on fire! 12/10/09

Sound Transit's 522 bus that arrives at 6th and union at approximately 5:40 blew a tire immediately upon its first downtown stop.

The exploded tire sounded like an explosion and was immediately followed by smoke. I originally thought we'd been rear ended.

The driver directed people to get off the bus and upon doing so, someone yelled 'fire'. Everyone got off and as we were doing so, a second tire exploded. These explosions were loud and sounded like bombs.

After the second explosion, the driver came out with a handheld fire extinguisher and a few other businesses came out with extinguishers and sprayed the tire well.

I think it was a poor decision considering that there were contents under pressure on fire and that the distance required to correctly operate the extinguisher put you at risk for explosion related injury.

The fire truck was there within 3 minutes of people getting off the bus and I didn't stick around to watch the resolution, as I had to be at work, which was 20 blocks away.

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ltfd says ... on Monday, Jan 18 at 4:22 PM

Seattle FD's Dispatch Computer records for this incident: Info Entry 0:15 sec. after Dispatcher took the call Dispatch 0:25 sec. Engine 5 notified En-Route 1:50. Engine 5 responding to fire On Scene 4:09. Engine 5 at 6 Ave/Union St.

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Dec 12 at 9:33 AM

Everyone in the Starbucks called 911 as soon as it happened and one emp. there was one of the ones that brought out a fire extinguisher. (I hope Sound Transit replaces their extinguisher for free....)

Downtown Viewer says ... on Saturday, Dec 12 at 9:31 AM

3 mins for the fire dept to arrive? HAHA, try more like 5 , and longer for SPD to show up.

busmechanic says ... on Friday, Dec 11 at 9:44 AM

hear hear. The county got on it too. I'm on grave shift at metro and we drained and aired out all of the buses air brake systems that have that configuration at our base so as to prevent that from happening again during this cold weather

irknotme says ... on Thursday, Dec 10 at 12:46 PM

Given that there are only two tires and both had discharged their contents (air) there was minimal danger to those that put out the fire. FWIW, they probably saved us tax payers the replacement cost of a new bus.

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