NACS bus catches fire; none hurt
Alerted by fumes, students riding home on a Northwest Allen County Schools bus escaped the vehicle before it caught fire at the start of its route Thursday afternoon, district spokeswoman Lizette Downey said.
The incident happened to bus No. 49 about 4 p.m. in the Lakes of Carroll Creek neighborhood, which is bordered by Bethel and Carroll roads.
About three dozen middle and high school students were on board, Downey said, adding the smell of fuel alerted them something was amiss.
District workers called 911 around 4 p.m., Downey said, and firefighters arrived within minutes. It took them about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which burned the bus to metal, she said.
Students credited the bus driver for handling the situation well, Downey said, noting Northwest Allen conducts evacuation drills for this reason.
The district plans an inspection to determine the cause of the fire, she said.
Northwest Allen, which began classes last week, passed an Aug. 6 bus inspection with “flying colors,” Downey said.
Bus routes shouldn’t be affected by the incident because the district can rely on spare buses, she said.