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No injuries from school bus fire

School bus fire
River Falls school bus on fire 9/19/13, Photo:  River Falls Police Department
School bus fire

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WSAU) - Everyone safely escaped a school bus that caught fire in western Wisconsin Thursday morning. River Falls Police officials say the bus caught fire near 9th and Falcon Streets during the morning pickup with about 40 elementary students on board.

Everyone including the driver was able to get out of the bus without any injuries. The driver got everyone out, and then went back into the burning bus to check between the seats for children. Police say the driver had to escape through the side emergency door.

School officials used a different bus to finish taking the kids to school, and also assisted students in contacting their parents to let them know everyone was alright.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The bus is a total loss.