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20 students evacuated, bus driver injured, after Baltimore school bus catches fire

20 students evacuated, bus driver injured, after Baltimore school bus catches fire

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By BRYNA ZUMER, WBFF

BALTIMORE (CIRCA via WBFF) — Twenty Baltimore students were evacuated and a bus driver was injured after a school bus caught fire in northeast Baltimore Thursday afternoon.

The school bus was carrying students from Monarch Academy, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade charter school on Kirk Avenue and Exeter Hall Avenue, reported a spokesperson for The Children's Guild.

The students were all safely evacuated, with no injuries, reported Alexis Rice of The Children's Guild.

The bus driver was treated on the scene by paramedics and taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

"Monarch Academy Baltimore will reach out to all families offering any supports they may need," said Rice. "The cause of the fire is under investigation by the bus company and the Baltimore City Fire Department. We are relieved all students were safely evacuated."

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh praised the bus driver's work.

"So very grateful to this dedicated and responsive school bus driver who saw danger and prevented it from affecting the children in his care," she posted on Twitter. "I look forward to thanking him personally, as I know the many parents do as well!"

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