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Students evacuated from Sherman school bus before flames engulfed it

A driver evacuated children from a school bus owned by a small school district in Chautauqua County shortly before the bus became engulfed in flames on Thursday.

Neither the children nor the school bus driver were injured, said Sherman Central School District Superintendent Michael Ginestre.

"About 7:15 this morning our driver noticed a problem happening in the back of the bus," Ginestre said.

"It was a mechanical issue that was going on, and he decided to pull the bus to the side of the road and move students towards the front of the bus. He quickly assessed the situation and decided to evacuate the bus," he added.

Given the frigid temperature, it was fortunate that another bus from the school district was in the vicinity, Ginestre said.

"That bus came and picked up our students and took them to school," he added.

Shortly after the second bus left with the children, the first bus became engulfed in flames, Ginestre said.

"Nobody was hurt. In fact, I don't believe the kids even saw the fire," he said. "They saw some smoke, but they didn't see the fire. They were all gone by the time the fire started."

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