Blaze: Prison Commissioner Eddie Lamb said the officer and the inmates in the van “handled the situation brilliantly and did so swiftly, calmly and professionally”. *Photo by Melissa Botelho
Blaze: Prison Commissioner Eddie Lamb said the officer and the inmates in the van “handled the situation brilliantly and did so swiftly, calmly and professionally”. *Photo by Melissa Botelho

An electrical fault looks to be the most likely reason a prison van burst into flames at the weekend.

Officers and inmates were forced to flee from the vehicle as it was engulfed in smoke and fire on Sunday morning.

Fire investigators are still conducting inquires to work out the cause of the blaze, which caused road closures and diversions.

But Prison Commissioner Eddie Lamb told the Bermuda Sun that an electrical problem was a likely cause.

He praised prison staff and inmates for the way they handled the dramatic incident on North Shore Road in Smith’s.

Mr Lamb said: “We are not yet absolutely certain what caused the fire as it is still being investigated.

“Early indications ,however, are that it was an electrical problem that caused it.”

The Corrections Commissioner added that he was thankful that no one was injured in the blaze.

He added: “The officer and indeed, the inmates, handled the situation brilliantly and did so swiftly, calmly and professionally.

“I have spoken to staff and inmates involved and they are all very thankful that the situation was not any worse than it was.

“I certainly share that sentiment and join them in giving thanks that no one was injured.”