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A civil defence official extinguishes the fire on a school bus in Dubai.
Mohammed Yaseen, Staff Reporter
Dubai Civil Defence teams brought under control a fire that broke out in a school bus opposite Dubai Mall. No casualties were reported as a result of the fire.
Earlier, the Dubai Civil Defence operations room received a report at 12:53pm that a fire had erupted in a school bus opposite the Dubai Mall on Dubai Financial Centre Street.
Firefighters from the Zabeel Fire Station rushed to the scene of the fire.
Upon arrival at 12:57pm, the firefighters found that the fire erupted in the middle of the school bus but there were no casualties.
The fire was brought under control and put out at 13:25pm.
Cooling operations followed before the file of the fire was handed over to the competent authorities for investigation into what caused the fire.
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