Cy-Fair bus catches fire with 20 students on board, none injured

Friday, January 13, 2017
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HOUSTON -- Investigators will have to figure out what caused a Cy-Fair ISD school bus to burst into flames.

The bus had about 20 students on board when it caught fire Thursday afternoon in the 9200 block of West Rd., according to a district spokesperson.

Workers clean up a Cy-Fair ISD bus after it caught fire Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

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The fire started near the engine of the bus and burned a good portion of the bus, witnesses said. A district spokesperson said the driver noticed smoke coming from under the hood of the bus and immediately pulled over to get the students off before the fire even started.

You can see in Eyewitness News viewer video how intense the flames were - ripping through the bus and leaving it a charred skeleton of a vehicle. The bus was on its normal route here on West Rd., taking kids home from Cook Middle School, according to school district officials.

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None of the students were injured, officials say, because the driver kept calm and got everyone out safely.

Authorities say its too early to tell what started the fire.

All the students were picked up by another bus and taken home.

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