Flames rip through school bus in Pittsburgh's North Side



PITTSBURGH - Firefighters scrambled to put out flames that erupted on a bus parked in Pittsburgh's North Side Friday morning.

A Channel 11 News viewer sent video of the school bus fire that shows flames shooting from the small bus on East Ohio Street around 8 a.m.

Police said the driver of the bus was between runs and had pulled over when she smelled smoke and called the garage. There were no students on board at the time.

The driver said she got out of the bus, and in minutes it erupted in flames.

A spokesperson from First Student said a second bus was sent to the driver, so no children were late to school.

First Student officials also said each bus is checked every morning when they go out and every afternoon when they return.

“The bus was evaluated this morning and no issues were found,” spokesman Timothy Stokes said. “We would never put a bus on the road unless it could safely transport students to and from school.”

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.