The fire damaged a dozen buses, but no human casualties were recorded.
Rabat – The bus warehouse belonging to M’dina Bus, the company managing urban buses in Casablanca, caught fire yesterday, October 10. The fire at the warehouse located on Bir Anzarane boulevard, in Maarif district, broke out at night.
Local authorities of the wilaya of Casablanca-Settat said that the fire caused massive material damage, but caused no human casualties.
The fire damaged a dozen parked buses. Half of the buses were out of order.
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— Fadel Abdellaoui (@fadelabdellaoui) October 11, 2019
Local police and civil protection intervened quickly to control the flames. Police also opened an investigation to determine the causes of the incident.
Local authorities notified Casablanca’s inhabitants of possible delays for some school buses. They also assured Casablanca’s population that regular bus lines will continue to operate normally.
The contract between Casablanca’s city council and M’dina Bus will come to an end by the end of October. The company has been long criticized for the poor quality of its fleet and services.
In January 2019, a bus belonging to the company burst into flames in the middle of a crowded intersection. Luckily, no human casualties were recorded.
At the start of October, Casablanca’s city council announced the successor of M’dina Bus. Spanish company Alsa, already operating in a number of Moroccan cities, will replace M’dina Bus as of November 1.