20 children safely evacuated from burning school bus

(Courtesy: WNCN)
(Courtesy: WNCN)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A school bus driver helped evacuate nearly two dozen children from a bus after the vehicle caught fire.

Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said in a statement that 20 students from Glen Arden Woods Elementary School were safely evacuated Monday evening without any reports of injuries.

It’s not clear what caused the fire in College Park. Brady says it appears to have started near one of the back wheels of the bus before spreading throughout the rest of the vehicle.

Most parents were able to pick up their children from the scene, while the others were taken to safety by a second responding bus.

Dashcam video posted by The Washington Post shows the bus engulfed in flames and heavy plumes of smoke.

Facebook user Fazlul Kabir, who apparently witnessed the blaze, said the bus driver took each of the 20 students out of the bus one-by-one while it was still burning, according to WNCN.

“I am a mom of two kids. It’s my job to save them” she told Kabir.

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