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Mattress sparks bizarre bus blaze as six cars get torched in Brooklyn
Posted by LRG5784 on Fri Apr 6 08:23:29 2012A twin-size mattress that ended up under an MTA bus is being blamed for sparking a bizarre Thursday night Brooklyn blaze that left the bus and six parked cars torched.
The S53 bus from Staten Island ran over the mattress just after 11 p.m. and dragged it across the Verrazano Bridge, a police source said.
Metal springs in the mattress apparently punctured the bus’ gas tank, setting the coach ablaze moments after the driver pulled over in Bay Ridge and evacuated passengers.
Witnesses said gas from the bus spilled into the gutter on Dahlgren Place near 92nd St., triggering a fiery stream underneath a half-dozen cars that rapidly went up in flames.
No one was injured.
“It was a really bad feeling watching my BMW burn,” said Mike Rabo, 27, staring in disbelief at his charred 1992 Beamer.
I was caught in this mess somewhat. I was on the S79 and we ended up going up Fort Hamilton Parkway, across 65th Street, and down Fifth Avenue to get back to 86th Street. Crazy.