Child on bus when it caught fire in Holly Springs High parking lot, WCPSS official says

Wake County News

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) — A Wake County school bus caught fire and the front end was burnt to a crisp on Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Holly Springs High School.

According to 911 dispatchers, the fire was reported at 6:27 a.m. in the parking lot of the high school.

A Wake County Public School System spokesperson originally told CBS 17 that no students were on campus at the time of the fire and that no one was on or near the bus when it went up in flames.

The statement was amended Tuesday afternoon to reflect that a child who was not a student was actually on board the bus when the fire occurred.

According to the WCPSS official, the bus driver had started the bus and pulled it to the bus loop in front of the school and then went inside to drop off a paper. It was at that time that smoke could be seen coming from the bus. The driver and school staff then went out and got the child off the bus.

School staff got fire extinguishers to try to put out the smoke, but they didn’t work and the engine erupted into flames. The fire was extinguished soon after, the official said.

The child did not go to Holly Springs High School and was in the care of the bus driver, according to WCPSS. Bus drivers are allowed to have non-students in their care on their buses, the spokesperson said.

The cause of the fire is not known at this point and it’s not clear if it will be possible to repair the bus and if so, how much those repairs would cost.

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