Students uninjured after school bus fire thanks to driver: fire chief

Firefighters were called to a school bus fire Friday morning in the rural municipality (RM) of Prince Albert. Prince Albert Fire Department / Supplied

Prince Albert Fire Department Chief Jason Everitt is praising the actions of a school bus driver after a blaze on Friday.

Firefighters were called to a report of a school bus on fire in the rural municipality (RM) of Prince Albert at roughly 8:13 a.m. CT.

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Responding crews found the vehicle fully involved approximately 12 kilometres west of the city near McDonald Road.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze which destroyed the bus.

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Fire officials said the quick and professional actions of the bus operator, Mark Jenkins, in evacuating the students is directly responsible for the confirmed safety of all children.

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No injuries were reported.

Everitt said he learned that local bus drivers practice for events like these and commended them for their preparedness.

Investigators determined that a mechanical issue caused the fire in the engine compartment.

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