PITSBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – No Franklin Monroe students were injured Thursday when their bus caught fire at the end of the school day.

The Daily Advocate reports that toward the end of the bus’s afternoon route, smoke began coming out of the front of the vehicle.

The driver and three high school students were able to safely escape before the flames overtook the bus.

The driver was able to radio over to the school about the issue and a teacher, principal, and school resource officer all responded to the scene, along with the Arcanum and Pitsburg fire departments and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

A substitute bus arrived to take the three students to their homes.

The school contacted the parents of the three students and sent out a general One Call in order to let the community know about the incident.

Superintendent Jeremy Pequignot said he was not sure how old the bus was that caught on fire but did say that vehicle inspections have been taking place recently.

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