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Students evacuated from Williamsville school bus after small engine fire

A small fire in the engine of a Williamsville school bus forced the driver to evacuate the bus and move the students safely down the street in Amherst on Tuesday morning, the Main-Transit Fire Department reported.

Firefighters responding to a 7:12 a.m. alarm reached the scene on Sagewood Terrace within two minutes and quickly put out the fire.

No injuries were reported, and the Williamsville students boarded a new bus within about 10 minutes of the incident.

Fire Chief James Lawida said a defective defrost motor sparked the small fire, which left an estimated $3,000 damage to the bus.