The Aurora Fire Department responded to a fire on August 28 involving a school bus.
The Aurora Fire Department responded to a fire on August 28 involving a school bus. Teresa Martin was driving bus No. 19 when the back inside dual tire on the left side of the bus blew out and began rubbing on the axle, causing it to catch on fire, according to Dan Decker, superintendent of the Aurora R-8 School District. When the driver noticed the smoke, she pulled into the parking lot at Price Cutter and worked with fire extinguishers to try and extinguish the fire. Finding that to be unsuccessful, someone summoned the fire department. An observer on the scene noted others at the scene pulled extinguishers from their vehicles or businesses in an attempt to quelch the fire. Martin had completed her route for the afternoon and was returning to the bus barn when the incident happened. “The driver followed the exact procedure she should have in dealing with this incident,” said Decker. The only damage was to the tire and the brake line on the left side of the bus. A new tire was installed to replace the blown one, and replacement of the brake line was scheduled. “Hopefully, the bus will be back on the route either Friday afternoon or for sure on Monday,” said Decker.