School bus catches fire at north Cape Coral bus barn

A bus at a Lee County schools “bus barn” in Cape Coral caught fire Thursday afternoon.

The Lee County Public Schools Transportation – West Zone is located behind Mariner Middle School. The bus was parked and no students were on board.

According to the school district, there are no injuries and the cause is unknown at this time.

“Quick thinking employees were able to move the other nearby buses away which prevented the fire from spreading and gave firefighters easier access to the bus.” the Cape Coral Fire Dpt. said on Facebook. “The bus was fully engulfed upon Engine 8’s arrival, and firefighters were able to extinguish it in less than 10 minutes. The fire originated on the passenger side of the engine compartment, and the cause is unknown.”

Other Lee County school buses have caught fire previously. One incident involved a school bus fire with 22 students on board. The bus driver made sure everyone exited the bus unharmed.

In 2013, several Lee County school buses caught fire in a Buckingham bus depot. The manufacturer said it was a wiring issue. All buses were inspected after that incident.

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Reporter:Oliver Redsten
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