FIFE FREE PRESS & KIRKCALDY GUARDIAN
SATURDAY 8 MARCH 1930
DUNFERMLINE BUS BLAZE. PETROL TANK EXPLODES.
A member of Dunfermline Fire Brigade had a narrow escape from injuries on Sunday when the brigade was called to a fire which broke out in a motor bus near Dunfermline.
The bus, a 28-seater, belonging to Mr Dougald Mackay Miller, Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, was being towed on the Cairneyhill-Torryburn Road in an effort to get it to start when it backfired and then burst into flames at Sunnyside Road.
The services of the fire brigade were at once requisitioned, and on their arrival, under Firemaster Tervit, the bus was blazing from end to end.
The firemen were handicapped by lack of water, and to obtain a supply had to take the engine about 200 yards down the Crombie Road to a small burn. They ran out a line of hose, which had to be carried through a wood, across the railway, and over a ploughed field.
When the firemen were striving to extinguish the fire the petrol tank exploded, and Fireman Hay narrowly escaped being caught by the flames.
The intensity of the blaze practically closed the road to traffic for a time.
Despite the efforts of the brigade, the bus, which had only been on the road for about six weeks, was destroyed, the damage being estimated at about £800.