WCPSS: Child was on school bus that caught fire at Holly Springs High School

— A child was alone on a school bus right before it caught fire Tuesday morning at Holly Springs High School, authorities said. It’s in two months.

Wake County Public Schools System spokeswoman Lisa Luten said the driver had started the bus and went inside the school. When the driver came back outside, the bus was on fire.

According to Luten, maintenance staff noticed the bus was smoking, and the child got off before flames showed.

The child was not a student at the school, officials said.

Luten said drivers are not supposed to leave running buses unattended.

All buses are inspected each month, Luten said, and the fire will be investigated.

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Sky 5 video showed the front of the bus charred after the fire was extinguished. Firefighters were still on the scene at 7 a.m.

Holly Springs High School‘s office opens at 7 a.m., and the school day begins at 7:25 a.m., according to the school’s website. No students were on campus when the fire started, Luten said.

On the afternoon of Oct. 3, a bus caught fire in Cary with a driver and Highcroft Elementary School student on board. Both made it off safely.

Records show that bus was cleared from its monthly inspection an hour before the fire was reported.

The bus, No. 1122, had several problems noted in earlier inspections, including overheating and ignition problems. It underwent repairs over the summer, officials said.

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