Tucson FD: No injuries in school bus fire
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a Tucson Unified School District bus Friday afternoon.
According to the Tucson Fire Department, no one was on board and the fire was contained to the bus.
Capt. Barrett Baker said the fire happened at about 2:25 p.m. at Whitmore Elementary School, 5330 E. Glenn Street.
According to reports, the smoke started coming for a control panel on the bus.
A similar situation occurred Feb. 10, 2015, when a Tucson Unified School District bus burned near Broadway and Toole. Again, no one was injured and no kids were on board in that incident. After a lengthy investigation, it was discovered the fire was caused by wiring on an add-on air conditioner.
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Stefanie Boe, spokeswoman for TUSD, said the bus from Friday, a 2008 Thomas, is not the same make and model as the one that caught fire in 2015.
Boe said mechanics will inspect the district's line of Thomas buses this week and it should not affect service next week.
A few days after the 2015 fire, the TUSD parked 11 buses and launched an investigation into the cause. The buses were modified and put back in service by TUSD.
In July, KOLD News 13 investigated the inspection records for the district bus fleet.
• TUSD did not check every bus on schedule.
• Some checks happened a couple hundred miles after the last check.
• Preventative maintenance was done after 8,000 miles, despite an audit suggesting that it should happen every 4,000 miles.
• The district has had trouble keeping bus drivers due to low pay.
Stefanie Boe, spokeswoman for TUSD, said the bus that caught fire Friday is not the same model as the one from 2015.
More than 20,000 students ride district buses.
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