School bus catches fire in east Charlotte, 16 students evacuated


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A school bus with 16 students on board caught on fire Thursday afternoon in east Charlotte, according to The Charlotte Fire Department.

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. 

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.” 

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