Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Frightened Children Flee before Fire's 'Intense' Heat Burns Calgary School Bus

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Frightened Children Flee before Fire's 'Intense' Heat Burns Calgary School Bus

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Heat 'intense' as Calgary school bus burns

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CALGARY - Witnesses say frightened children aboard a school bus in Calgary were screaming as rescuers pulled them to safety just before the front of the vehicle burst into flames.

The bus was carrying 45 passengers when Monday afternoon's fire erupted in a strip mall parking lot in the city's north end.

Witnesses say it appeared the vehicle overheated before the blaze that extensively damaged the front end.

A 10-year-old boy complained of smoke inhalation and was assessed by paramedics before he was released to his parents.

A new bus was sent to take the rest of the students home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"They got the door open, they got the kids out right away and instantly the flames started," said witness David Hartwick. …

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