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School bus catches fire, neighborhood helps put out flames

Published: Mar. 12, 2015 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2015 at 5:32 AM CDT
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No injuries were reported. (Source: McCleansboro Fire Department)
No injuries were reported. (Source: McCleansboro Fire Department)
Firefighter beleive the bus had a problem in the motor. (Source: McCleansboro Fire Department)
Firefighter beleive the bus had a problem in the motor. (Source: McCleansboro Fire Department)

DAHLGREN, IL (KFVS) - A Hamilton County, Illinois school bus caught fire on Tuesday, forcing the students on board to evacuate.

The school bus driver evacuated the children aboard after the bus started smoking on Tuesday afternoon, according to McLeansboro Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Jim Morris.

The school bus later caught fire.

Tad Ziehm said his children were aboard the Hamilton County Unit 10 school bus.

“Just went on to the shop and got a fire extinguisher out of the combine and ran down here and did what I could do until Gary started showing up," Zeihm said.

The school bus was just a few blocks from Ziehm's home in Dahlgren, Illinois.

Ziehm said he received a call that the bus was on fire and went to the bus with a fire extinguisher.

He said he and other members of the community stepped up to help before the fire department arrived.

It took six fire extinguishers to put out the flames, Ziehm said.

Firefighters believe the fire began in the motor.

The Dahlgren Fire Department and McLeansboro Fire Department responded to the call.

No injuries were reported, according to Morris.

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