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Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

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The fire appears to have blazed out of control when the bus was driving along the roundabout known as “Las Palmas” in Francisco de Montejo. Photo: Courtesy

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood. 

The bus is reported to have been carrying approximately 40 construction workers from the nearby town of Teabo.

There are no reports of serious injuries. The workers apparently all made it out in time.

Firefighters were quick to arrive on the scene, but not before a great deal of damage had been done to the vehicle.

Video of the fire posted on Twitter by Diario de Yucatán.

Earlier: Fire rages through popular Xcaret restaurant after a lightning strike

As the fire spread, it consumed all but the metallic chassis of the bus and attracted onlookers who quickly posted their photos and videos on social media.

“It is quite a sight, one wants to get some good photos, but getting too close is perhaps not a great idea,” said area resident Daniela Echeveria. 

The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined, but police investigators have now arrived at the scene. 

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