A Puyallup school bus driver who smelled smoke got eight special needs students out of the vehicle Monday shortly before flames engulfed it.
The driver was on his morning route about 9 a.m. when he smelled the smoke, possibly coming from the engine compartment, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue spokesman Guy Overby said.
The driver immediately pulled over and got the kids out of the bus in the 6700 block of 84th Street East.
When fire crews arrived, the bus was ablaze.
No one was hurt.
The students, who were headed to Shaw Road Elementary and Spinning Elementary schools, used the rear exit, as they had practiced in safety drills, Puyallup School District spokesman Brian Fox said.
“Really proud of the students and pleased with the driver that the safety precautions that we practice were followed,” he said.
Investigators don’t yet know what caused the fire.
A second bus took the students to class, Overby said: “just a little bit late.”