A fire at the Go-Ahead Group owned Metrobus Orpington depot during the early hours of Wednesday 21 of this month has resulted in 11 vehicles being destroyed and a number damaged.
The London Fire Brigade was called at 0336hrs, and and eight fire engines attended from Biggin Hill, Bromley, Orpington and Sidcup fire stations. By 0631hrs the fire was under control. During this period around 40 phone calls were received by London Fire Brigade due to the high visibility of the fire and loud explosions caused by the vehicles that were on alight.
It is understood that one ADL E200, an ADL E400H, six ADL E400s and three Mercedes-Benz Citaros were burnt out during the three hour blaze. No injuries were caused by the fire and a number of vehicles were saved due to being moved on to the A21 road.
John Trayner, Go-Ahead London’s Managing Director, said: “We were notified of a fire at 0330hrs on the morning of Thursday 22 November 2018 at our Orpington garage. The Fire Brigade were called and successfully extinguished the main fire by 0630hrs. Thankfully no-one was injured and we are very grateful to the Fire Service and our colleagues on-site for their help. The garage was fully operational by 1045hrs on the morning in question and it has been running a full service since. We are working with the authorities to investigate the causes of the fire and we thank our passengers and people for their continued support.”
As CBW went to press the cause of the fire was still under investigation.