Cause of school bus fires identified

Klamath Falls, Ore.- The Klamath County School District says inspectors have identified the issue that caused two buses to catch fire after they were turned off and parked.

The fires- one on Dec. 14, 2016 and the other on Feb. 7, 2017- prompted the district to sideline 14 other buses. The sidelined vehicles were all 2005 Blue Bird All American models.

According to the school district, three inspectors determined the general area and cause of the fire. Transportation staff are now replacing, re-routing and insulating parts to make sure the buses are safe. The district hopes to have all 14 buses fixed, approved for safety and back in rotation by the end of the month.

“With everybody’s input, I’m very confident that this solution will keep everybody safe,” said Shawn Snoozy, transportation supervisor.

No children were on or near the buses when the original fires were reported.

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