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A tour bus erupted into flames near the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Sixth Street NW in Shaw on Tuesday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of 34 passengers, according to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services.


Vito Maggiolo, an FEMS spokesperson, says the department dispatched responders around 2:15 p.m. The fire seems to have originated in the rear-engine compartment, he added.

“There was a tour group from Wisconsin picked up earlier today at one of our airports—I believe they said Dulles—who were on a tour of the Washington area when the fire broke out,” Maggiolo says. “There were no injuries and a quick evacuation.”

Reached around 3 p.m., a spokesperson for CST Tours, the owner of the bus, said his office had just heard about the incident and declined to immediately comment. Another bus was being sent to pick up the customers, Maggiolo said. They were able to retrieve their baggage since the fire was largely contained to the engine area.