Five people escaped from a flaming bus after a fuel pipe ruptured and started a fire which destroyed nearly half the vehicle.

The bus caught fire on the A75 and the junction of Shawhead, Dumfries, at around 7.17pm last night.

Three fire engines were dispatched from Dumfries to tackle the fire, which started within the engine compartment.

Fire crews found the four passengers and the driver had already evacuated the bus by the time they arrived.

Around 40% of the bus was destroyed, Fire Scotland said.