CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A school bus with 16 students on board caught on fire Thursday afternoon in east Charlotte, according to The Charlotte Fire Department.
School bus completely engulfed. Charlotte Fire tells me when they arrived fire was coming from the engine compartment pic.twitter.com/72v9XzwcgQ— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) October 19, 2017
The incident occurred at 2404 Dunlavin Way. All of those who were on the bus were evacuated. Medic confirms that one person was bring treated for smoke inhalation. It is unclear if it was a student.
The Charlotte Fire Department says the fire came from the engine and the incident is being ruled accidental. A replacement bus was sent to pick up the stranded students.
Neighbor took these photos when the bus was on fire. CFD confirms the fire it came from the engine. Ruled accidental. pic.twitter.com/joJkIZfbsP— Yolian Ortiz FOX46 (@YolianFOX46) October 19, 2017
In a statement released by CMS on Thursday, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said:
“We are all grateful that every student and the driver are safe. The district trains bus drivers and CMS staff to respond in emergency situations and the district is proud of the quick action of this driver and also thankful for the swift cooperation of students on board. The district holds the safety of all our kids and staff as top priority and will conduct a thorough review to ensure the continued safety of our CMS students and staff."