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Drivers quick action gets kids off bus ahead of flames

Fire in engine compartment spread quickly through the vehicle
by: Courtesy of PFR A school bus driver got all six students off this vehicle safely before it burst into flames early Friday morning. Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire.

A Portland school bus driver helped several children escape from her vehicle that erupted into flames.

Portland Fire and Rescue said the bus was destroyed in the fire at about 8 a.m. Six students headed for Llewellyn School on Southwest 14th Avenue were safely escorted off the bus by driver Kay Brown and they watched from a block away as the small bus burst into flames.

No one was injured in the fire. Every student was safely away from the vehicle when the fire started.

At about 8 a.m., fire bureau officials said, Brown was on her normal route to Llewellyn School when she smelled smoke coming from the vehicle's engine compartment. She stopped the bus near Southeast 18th Avenue and Claybourne Street, led the six students out of the vehicle and called emergency dispatchers from a block away.

Shortly after leaving the bus, the vehicle erupted in flames. When firefighters from the Woodstock Station 25 arrived, they found the school bus engulfed in flames. They quickly put out the fire and checked to make sure the driver and students were safe.

Investigators are still trying to find out what caused the fire.