The fire took place in Istanbul's Bahçelievler district, while the metrobus was en route to Avcılar district from Şirinevler district.
The passengers were evacuated immediatedly and no casualties have been reported, sources said. Firefighters from Istanbul's Fire Department have been deployed to put out the fire.
No loss of life... Hayat kaybi yok, Allaha Sukur.... pic.twitter.com/SZAu9J3ROj— Taha M. Arvas (@TahaMArvas) March 24, 2015
The metrobus routes have been closed both ways, but the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality announced that they will resume normal operations once the bus is removed from the route.Among the city's operating metrobuses, 50 are made by the Dutch brand Phileas, which were purchased for 1.2 million euros for each vehicle by the Istanbul's Metropolitan Municipality in 2009. The Istanbulites have had ongoing concerns related to buses, including the high price paid to purchase them and their insufficient durability.
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