Fire on Passenger Bus in Balıkesir: 5 People, Including 2 Children Lose Their Lives

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  • August 2, 2019
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A fire broke out on a passenger bus owned by Kamil Koç company in Turkey’s western province of Balıkesir today (August 2) The fire erupted while the bus was en route on Balıkesir-Edremit highway in Gökçeyazı Neighborhood, its cause has not been identified yet.

After the people near the scene of incident called the emergency service line, ambulances and gendarmerie teams have been referred to the area.

According to the latest information, five people who were on board have lost their lives. Two of the deceased are reportedly children.

Statement by the Governorship

The Governorship of Balıkesir has also released a statement about the incident and stated the following in brief:

“While the passenger bus with 06 … licence plate driven by N.D. was en route from Küçükkuyu to Ankara, a fire broke out on the bus for unknown reasons while it was in front of the Gökçeyazı Gendarmerie Command on Balıkesir-Edremit highway.

“The bus had 34 passengers and 3 personnel on board. Our five citizens, three of whom are adults and two of whom are children, have lost their lives. Our 15 citizens have been hospitalized in different hospitals in Balıkesir.”

Governor of Balıkesir Ersin Yazıcı has also made a statement about the fire and announced that an investigation has been launched into the incident.

Mayor Yılmaz: It was caused by coffee machine

Mayor of Balıkesir Yücel Yılmaz has also made a statement about the incident and, referring to the accounts of the driver and his assistant, he has said that the fire was caused by the coffee machine.

“Some of the passengers could be rescued by citizens, but, according to our predictions, our five citizens have lost their lives by first being suffocated in the poisonous smoke, then by being surrounded with fire. (DB/SD)

* Source: AA