Durban - A Mynah bus caught alight in Durban’s Peter Mokaba Road at 6am on Friday.

It is believed the bus had ascended a small hill at the intersection of Windmill Road when the driver saw smoke coming from under the dashboard of the Durban Transport vehicle.

eThekwini Fire Department divisional commander, Melvin Ramlall, said there could have been an electrical fault. He said the driver escaped unharmed.

Ramlall said it was unclear if there were any passengers on board. The bus was en route to Overport and Morningside.

On Thursday night, social media reports suggested there was a planned Durban Transport bus driver strike, but this appeared to have been a hoax message.

Ramlall said the fire was not an act of arson and no bus protests were reported on Friday morning.

Buses appeared to be working as normal at the Durban Transport central bus depot on Friday.

In a separate incident on Friday morning, firefighters rushed out to Dr RD Naidu Road in Asherville where an old trade school, now abandoned and derelict, had caught fire.

Three rooms were destroyed. No injuries were reported.