FIREFIGHTERS rushed to the scene of a minibus in flames on a busy road this morning.

A black minibus taxi was reported to have gone up in flames at around 8.30am this morning (Friday, October 20), near the BP petrol station on Wigan Road in Atherton.

Shocked residents shared images of the fire on social media, and traffic was disrupted as firefighters rushed to the scene.

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Leigh Journal: Traffic was disrupted because of the incidentTraffic was disrupted because of the incident (Image: Danni Critchley)

One fire engine attended and the blaze was quickly put out, with no injuries reported.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “At just after 8.30am this morning (Friday October 20) the crew from Atherton fire station attended a fire involving a minibus on Wigan Road, Atherton.

Firefighers wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire and worked to make the scene safe. Firefighters were in attendance for around half and hour.”