AN INFERNO ripped through a bus on a busy road.

Fire crews were called to the A259 Bognor Road in Chichester late last night to deal with the blaze.

Huge plumes of dark grey smoke poured from the single-deck bus as teams from Chichester Fire Station doused the vehicle in foam.

The Argus:

They were able to bring the blaze under control, but the flames had torn through the roof of the bus and destroyed much of the structure.

Officers from Chichester Police were also called to assist in dealing with the incident and closed the road.

PC Tom Van Der Wee of the Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit was one of those to attend.

The Argus:

He confirmed there had been no injuries as a result of the blaze and praised Chichester Fire Station crews on a "fantastic job".

A section of the A259 remained shut for several hours following the incident.

It is reported that the road has now been reopened.

A west Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said: “We were called to reports of a bus on fire on the A259 Bognor Road at 10.16pm on Tuesday.

“Joint Fire Control mobilised two crews from Chichester Fire Station.

"Upon arrival, crews were met with a well developed fire involving a single decker bus.

"Officers from Sussex Police were also in attendance and closed the road to allow crews to bring the incident under control safely.

The Argus:

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one jet and compressed air foam to extinguish the fire.

"There were no casualties involved, and the fire is believed to be accidental."