DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) A DeKalb County school bus caught fire early Friday with 16 students on board. All escaped unharmed thanks to “great situational awareness” from their bus driver.
DeKalb Central Schools bus No. 14 caught fire just before 7 a.m. on its route through the Mason’s Village subdivision, at the intersection of Auburn and Quinten drives, according to a report by NewsChannel 15’s news partners KPC News.
“It began with an engine light coming on,” bus drive Michelle Pfefferkorn said. “We stopped the bus and it started to smoke a little bit. I felt the kids needed to be evacuated and we evacuated them off the bus immediately. Then it proceeded into a full blown fire.”
By the time firefighters arrived three minutes later, the bus was fully involved, according to an Auburn Fire report. The flames were under control within six minutes.
The bus was carrying 16 students – 12 from …