Firefighters from the Spring Creek and McCords Fire Departments responded to a school bus fire at New Bethel Church on Highway 411 North just east of Centre on Thursday afternoon.

That call came into Cherokee 9-1-1 at 3:24 p.m., WEIS Radio News spoke to Superintendent of Education Mitchell Guice who told us that there were 16 students and the driver on board the bus when the fire started. Fortunately all the students on board that bus were able to safely make it off.

Mr. Guice said that the older students assisted in getting the younger students off of the bus. It is not known at this time exactly what started the fire.

from WEIS Radio