A BUS driver helped all his passengers to safety – just before the vehicle burst into flames.
Stuart England even had the presence of mind to help them get onto another service so they could get to their destinations.
But firefighters have issued a safety warning after passers-by started trying to film the incident on mobile phones as crews made their way to the blaze.
The fire started shortly before 2pm yesterday on the 231 Huddersfield Bus Company service from Wakefield to Huddersfield town centre.
One of the passengers alerted the driver after seeing smoke coming from the back of the bus.
Mr England, who has worked for the company for two years, shepherded all 12 people who were on board to inspect the situation.
But he quickly pulled over at the junction of Paul Lane and Wakefield Road in Lepton after he saw flames.
He evacuated the vehicle and called the fire service.
Two fire engines from Huddersfield fire station were dispatched to the scene.
Crew manager Mark Hurd said: “We were told there was smoke coming from the back of the bus.
“By the time we got here you could see it for miles around.
“There were still people driving through thick plumes of smoke and people filming on their phones.”
The crew used two jets and two breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze and a powerful fan to clear the smoke.
Mr Hurd added: “This was a serious incident and I would just say to people who were trying to take videos that you aren’t just endangering yourselves, but potentially other people as well.”
It is believed the fire was caused by an engine fault.
Dave Shelley, of Centrebus, which owns Huddersfield Bus Company, said their would be an investigation.
He added: “Stuart England did a great job getting the 12 passengers off the bus safely and arranging forward travel to Huddersfield.”