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School bus driver safely removes kids before bus erupts in flames

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A school bus driver heading to drop off six students at a southeast Portland school noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment of the bus this morning and leapt into action.

Kay Brown immediately stopped the bus near Southeast 18th Avenue and Claybourne Street and started to evacuate the bus. The students' school, Llewellyn Elementary, is located just a few blocks away.

Portland firefighters say Brown safely escorted the students off the bus, called 911 and waited with them a block away from the smoking bus.

"I think she handled it perfectly," says Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Jason Lehman. "She did a good job."

The bus then erupted in flames while firefighters from the department's Woodstock Station were en route.

"It was fully involved in fire," Lehman says.

Crews arriving found the bus engulfed in flames, and they quickly put out the fire.

There were no injuries to the students or the bus driver.

"She did exactly what she was suppose to do," says Andy Leibenguth, the transportation director for Portland Public Schools.

A Portland schools spokesman says the bus driver's route is a special needs route, but none of the students had mobility issues, Leibenguth says.

It's not clear what caused the fire, but an investigator was on scene Friday morning. Firefighters say Brown should be credited for acting quickly.

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