STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Students escape school bus fire

A Mobile County Public School System caught fire Monday afternoon in Grand Bay.It happened around 3 p.m. on La...

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 4:01 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2018 4:01 AM

A Mobile County Public School System caught fire Monday afternoon in Grand Bay.

It happened around 3 p.m. on Lakeland Drive at Highway 188. According to Grand Bay Fire, all students were safely evacuated from the bus.

The bus driver had just dropped off two students when she noticed smoke coming from underneath the bus and immediately evacuated the more than 20 students from Alma Bryant High School and Grand Bay Middle School. A spokesperson for the Mobile County Public School System praised the bus driver, saying she followed proper procedure to make sure the students were unharmed.

Jordan Bowman was one of the students on the bus and recalls how it all unfolded.

"I was just sitting there, then some girl said there was a lot of smoke coming from upfront. Then I got up, she said there's a fire under it... I tried to go out the front, but then some kid pushed me and I went out through the back door and opened it. Then when we got out here... It started getting bigger and bigger," said Bowman, Alma Bryant student on bus.

Joshua Hicks was driving on Highway 188 and says he saw the smoke and was surprised when he rolled up on the fully involved bus.

""It looked like it was a small fire... Like straw burning from down the road, then pulling up on it I was like man the bus is on fire. So I pulled over, watched it and made sure everyone got off quickly and safely," said Hicks, witnessed fire.

The Grand Bay Fire Department got the call around 3 p.m. and were on scene within minutes to extinguish the blaze. Two of the front tires on the bus exploded during the blaze.

"These fires don't happen. I've only responded to two in my career. But the biggest challenge is the tires. You have to watch them. We had two explode today on the front side. You have to be careful around them, plus you have all of the hazardous smoke coming out of the exterior," said Chief Grayling Christian, Grand Bay Fire Department.

The bus was towed away and will be inspected by the State Fire Marshals Office. According to Mobile County Schools Transportation Coordinator Pat Mitchell -- depending on the findings -they'll make changes to other buses if needed. Mitchell says the bus is only five years old.

This is not the first Mobile County school bus to catch fire. Another one happened in February 2016. All 15 students on the bus made it out safely. However, the cause of the fire was undetermined.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 246550

Reported Deaths: 6265
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1077923457
Riverside18720465
San Diego15207377
Orange15065354
San Bernardino13152265
Imperial6824100
Alameda6384138
Fresno562677
Kern493977
Santa Clara4750159
Tulare4521133
San Joaquin429855
San Francisco371950
Sacramento355969
San Mateo3376108
Contra Costa332678
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Kings258332
Marin244619
Stanislaus239144
Monterey174815
Solano147625
Sonoma12299
Merced120811
Placer75411
San Luis Obispo6752
Yolo58324
Madera5665
Santa Cruz4103
Napa3444
San Benito2572
Lassen2340
Butte2063
El Dorado2060
Sutter2063
Humboldt1384
Shasta1354
Nevada1231
Glenn1220
Yuba1031
Tehama881
Lake850
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Calaveras530
Del Norte511
Tuolumne430
Mono411
Inyo321
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Amador260
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 88°
Oroville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 81°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 88°
Chester
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 62°
Red Bluff
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 88°
We head into the holiday weekend on a slightly cooler than average note, but that will change quickly on the 4th of July and on Sunday with more heat and stronger breezes coming.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events