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Tour bus catches on fire en-route to a concert

Passengers getting off of the bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz) Passengers getting off of the bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz)
Tour Bus on Fire (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz) Tour Bus on Fire (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz)
Passengers walking away from fiery tour bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz) Passengers walking away from fiery tour bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz)
Fire damage to tour bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz) Fire damage to tour bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz)
Damage to tour bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz) Damage to tour bus (Courtesy: Sherry DeLacruz)
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A tour bus headed to a concert in Steelville, MO caught on fire Saturday afternoon, with more than 40 passengers onboard.

According to a spokesman with the Potosi Fire Department, the bus was ablaze on Highway AA near Potosi after leaving the local YMCA.

Passengers from Jackson, Perryville, and Chester were on board the bus and they noticed smoke coming from the rear of the bus.  When people on board told the driver, he pulled the bus over on Highway AA and got everyone off the smoking bus.

A passenger on the bus, Sherry DeLacruz from Altenburg, said it was a scary situation.

"We were hoping it didn't blow up before everybody got out, but it didn't and so that was fine," said DeLacruz. "Then things started exploding, it turned out it was the air bags.  We thought it was the tires exploding."

DeLacruz was traveling with six other people from the Red Hat Society.

Potosi Fire Crews put out the bus blaze and tell Heartland News that no one was hurt.

The stranded passengers had to wait 2-and-a-half hours in the heat before a bus from St. Louis came to pick them up and take them home.

No word on what caused the tour bus fire.

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