First Student school bus catches fire at Stadium and Providence

Thursday, January 13, 2011 | 10:22 a.m. CST; updated 10:53 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 13, 2011

COLUMBIA — First Student school bus number 77 caught fire Thursday morning as it was delivering 28 students to Grant Elementary School.

At 8:40 a.m., "the bus driver noticed that the bus was running poorly, stopped to check it out and then realized there was an issue in the engine compartment," Michelle Baumstark, Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman said.

No fire or smoke entered the bus. It was contained to the engine compartment, Baumstark said. According to a news release, Larry Armstrong, the bus driver, used a portable fire extinguisher to control the flames until the fire department arrived.

The fire was discovered at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Providence Road. The students, bus driver and bus monitor were evacuated from the bus and given shelter inside Memorial Stadium, Baumstark said.

No injuries have been reported, and the students were taken to school by another bus.

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Gregg Bush January 13, 2011 | 6:47 p.m.

"The students, bus driver and bus monitor were evacuated..." The bus was evacuated. When people are evacuated, they are given an enema.

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