Photos: Prison Van Catches Fire On North Shore

February 2, 2014

[Updated with photos] As of 10.00am this morning [Feb 2] traffic is being diverted on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish after a prison van with six people inside it caught fire.

A police spokesperson said, “Around 8:55am Sunday, February 2nd first responders were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire along North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish near Bethel AME Church.

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“Details are limited at this time; however there were no reported injuries and the fire has since been extinguished by the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service. Traffic traveling in that area is being diverted on to Harrington Sound Road until further notice. Inquiries into this incident are underway.”

Update: Fire Service spokesperson Leonard Davis said, “the Fire Service responded to the mentioned incident with two vehicles staffed with six personnel. Upon their arrival, the duty crew found a large vehicle fully involved in fire with smaller fires several feet away from where the vehicle was burning.”

“Two firefighters dressed in self-contained breathing apparatus equipped with a 1 ½” hose line began to extinguish the vehicle fire. A booster reel was simultaneously deployed to aid in extinguishing the isolated fires.”

“During questioning, it was determined that the vehicle was a Prison Service vehicle which had approximately six people inside it when it initially began to smoke.

“The individuals all exited the vehicle safely before the fire began to burn out of control. A fire investigator was called to the scene to help determine the cause of the fire. The fire is still currently under investigation.”

Update Jan 3: A video of the burning van has been added here.

Click to enlarge photos, fire photos by Melissa Botelho

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  1. Bermyboy says:

    WOW!!! Now that is what you call a “Hot Ride”!!

  2. Johnboy says:


  3. Super says:

    Was it a Renault??

  4. Herb Adderley says:

    Thanks Bernews, those are great photo’s and shows how bad a vehicle fire can get. thanks again


    • Herb Adderley says:

      Thanks Bernews, those are great photo’s and shows how bad a vehicle fire can get. thanks again


  5. Meeee says:

    Spectacular! Glad no one was injured. Guess driver would have outrun Usain Bolt.

  6. Mazumbo says:

    Hope no one was hurt, I guess salvaging for spare parts is out of the question!

  7. Terry says:

    Great pictures.
    I imagine the ones shown were supplied whilst being engulfed in flames.
    You guys are good….but jingus.
    Great reporting.

  8. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    ……..Inquiries into this incident are underway.”

    Nothing will come on any inquiries,as usual with these vehicle fires,
    any evidence has been burnt up.

    • Terry says:

      I am sure the driver will have something to say.
      And that’s nuffin but da Truth.

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    A little rubbing & all that should buff right out.

  10. The Book Thief says:

    Good job to the Firefighters

  11. Jeannie says:

    Can we keep this positive this is NO JOKE! =I am so happy that the drivers and prisoners are alive. These men will have nightmares for weeks, if not months. I pray for all the families.

  12. Pharaoh says:

    Look like a drone hit it…

  13. mixitup says:

    Talk about tax payer dollars going up in smoke… I’m curious about the angle the truck sits on the road, a bit odd.

    • Back-in-the-day-girl says:

      The van had turned of on the road in front of it. But once the brakes failed it rolled back onto the road and ended in that position.

  14. money mike says:


  15. Fruity says:

    What was the cause?