School bus catches fire at bus garage

A school bus from the Eastmont School District caught fire Thusday morning while it was parked at the district's garage.

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont School District is minus a school bus after one caught fire late Thursday morning. Bus routes won't be affected.

The fire began about 11:50 a.m. inside the engine compartment of a bus parked at the district’s garage on the 300 block of Sixth St. N.E., said fire investigator Brian Brett.

The bus had last been operated around 8:30 a.m. and was turned off at the time of ignition, Brett said. The cause is undetermined.

“Fortunately, one of our volunteer firefighters works at the garage as a mechanic,” Brett said.

The mechanic, Lt. Kyle Dennis, moved two buses nearest the burning bus in case the fire grew out of control and then flagged in responding firefighters, Brett said.

Crews with Douglas County Fire District 2 stopped the fire from spreading beyond the engine compartment and the front of the bus, Brett said.

The fire won't delay afternoon bus routes, said Troy Lucas, the district's director of transportation.

"We have plenty of buses to go around," Lucas said.

He added that they're still evaluating whether to repair the bus or consider buying a new one.

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This story was updated to include comments from the Eastmont School District.