Authorities: No Injuries in Mich. School Bus Fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say a western Michigan school bus driver quickly evacuated about 20 students from a bus just minutes before it went up in flames.

The Grand Rapids Press reports no one was injured Wednesday morning when the bus for Forest Hills Public Schools burned in Kent County's Grand Rapids Township.

The driver called 911 to report the stopped bus appeared to be catching fire. By the time firefighters arrived, flames were shooting up from the engine compartment.

The fire scorched the front end of the bus.

Darryl Hofstra, the district's supervisor of transportation, credited the bus driver for acting quickly in the face of danger. He says the driver noticed something wrong and was well-prepared to handle the evacuation safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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