Saturday, 18 May 2024

No injuries reported in Wednesday morning bus fire

LOWER LAKE – A Lake Transit bus caught fire Wednesday morning as it was traveling along Highway 29 at the Glasgow Grade.


The fire was reported by the California Highway Patrol at about 11:25 a.m. on Highway 29 just south of Diener Drive. The vehicle was heading northbound when the fire occurred.


The bus' engine reportedly caught fire, according to CHP. The situation resulted in both lanes of traffic being blocked.


CHP, Lake County Sheriff's deputies, Lake County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire responded to the scene.


Cal fire reported that there had been a concern about a potential wildland fire nearby, so after sending two engines initially it prepared to send a full response, including fixed wing aircraft and additional engines.


When they discovered that the fire had been contained to the bus and hadn't spread into nearby vegetation, they canceled all but two engines and a helicopter, Cal Fire's Incident Command Center reported.


The highway was reopened at about noon, CHP reported. However, the bus was reported to have caught fire again at 12:35, with fire responding again to put it out within about 10 minutes.


The bus was towed shortly before 1 p.m.


Lake County Fire Protection District did not return a call seeking information about the incident.


CHP did not report any injuries to passengers.


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