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School bus fire in Bruthen
Firefighters were called to school bus fire in Bruthen this afternoon (15 Nov).
Crews were called to the scene at Bruthen-Nowa Nowa Road shortly after 12.45pm
District 11 Operations Officer Miles Malcolm said the bus driver was able to safely evacuate 53 students from the bus.
“The driver was able to pull over onto the side of the road and fortunately no one was injured,” said Mr Malcolm.
“The bus was fully involved on firefighter’s arrival and crews were extinguishing for an extended period of time due to the ferocity of the fire.
“The fire was under control at 1.50pm.
“Crews used a thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.
“It appears the fire started due to mechanical issues.
“Police were notified to attend for traffic control and re-opened the highway as quickly as possible.
“The road has suffered some damage and EPA was notified due to fuel and oil that had spilled from the vehicle into a drain, which was isolated by fire crews.”
Police, Ambulance, Vic Roads and EPA were in attendance.
Six trucks from Buchan, Bruthen, Johnsonville, Mossi-Tambo and Lakes Entrance were in attendance.