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A school bus (right) that caught fire Friday afternoon in downtown Peru blocked traffic for a half-hour but caused no injuries. A second school bus (left) came to the scene to pick up the driver and four students.
A minor school bus fire blocked traffic for a half-hour Friday afternoon in downtown Peru and there were no injuries, according to Peru police.
The driver of the Illinois Central bus was taking four students, roughly ages 6-14, from Hall High School and John F. Kennedy School, Spring Valley to La Salle, fire chief Jeff King said.
The fire is believed to have started in the battery compartment and caused little damage. The bus was stopped in traffic in the eastbound lane between Peoria and Fulton streets. People inside Art Giese’s Tavern spotted smoke and fire and alerted the driver.
“We spotted the flames underneath so we ran out, alerted the bus driver and helped get the kids off the bus,” said tavern customer Jeff Krzyaniak of Peru.
Motorist Charlie Klinefelter of DePue parked, went into Maria’s Pizza, fetched a fire extinguisher and put out the fire, Klinefelter said. He crawled under the bus and discharged the extinguisher until he thought most of the fire was out, he said. The driver and kids boarded a second bus that came to the scene and went on their way.
Peru emergency agencies responded at 3:41 p.m. The bus was towed away. Traffic opened back up at 4:10 p.m.