Fire investigators to look at other buses after one bursts into flames
MORGANZA - Fire investigators will review the maintenance records and recall notifications for all 2009 International CE 200 school buses in the fleet that runs the streets of Pointe Coupee Parish after a bus mysteriously burst into flames last week.
Investigators ruled the fire accidental Friday. The bus caught on fire May 12 in a bus yard, hours after the driver finished their afternoon route and turned the bust off. An investigator said the fire was electrical and began in the engine compartment.
Electrical components from inside the compartment are being tested, the investigator said.
The expanded investigation comes after the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit alerted fire investigators to recalls.
Fire investigators said they will look at repair logs for the burned bus and others in the fleet plus talk to the mechanic who worked on the bus.
There are eleven similar buses in the fleet, operated by First Student.
The State Fire Marshal's office is handling the investigation and hope to narrow down the range of possibilities for the cause of the fire with additional testing.
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