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Dallas School Buses Catch Fire

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Multiple school buses caught fire Thursday in Dallas. | Image by WFAA.

Multiple school buses caught fire Thursday afternoon in northwest Dallas.

A YouTube video showed some of the billowing smoke and explosion that occurred at the lot.

The fire started at a lot near Interstate 35E and Manana Drive, reported WFAA.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said it responded after 3:30 p.m. to a tractor fire. When crews responded, the fire was found to have spread to other vehicles. The crews attempted to extinguish the blaze.

What caused the fire was not immediately clear.

According to the fire department, the vehicles involved in the fire were compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and one of the CNG tanks exploded.

Some of the school buses reportedly had the words “Tulsa Public Schools” on them.

The Dallas Express reached out for comment from Dallas Fire-Rescue, but calls were not returned by press time.

“That was scary,” Michael Calvert, battalion chief, told WFAA about the explosion. “The initial blast, the flames, you can see a bumper that blew out into the street.”

No injuries have been reported either due to the blast or the subsequent fire.

“You know, it’s so close to you, it’s so close to you…you’re scared something blows your way,” Felix Agurre, who owns the lot next to the vehicles, said to WFAA. “These things happen sometimes for a reason just to open our eyes and be thankful every single day that we wake up and just thank God for the next day.”

Agurre said he called 911 when he saw the fire.

Firefighters checked to make sure that no other CNG tanks were affected by the fire while monitoring the situation and putting down hot spots.

Calvert said that the crews were lucky, considering the extent of the explosion and the flames.

“Any time everybody goes home, it’s good,” Calvert said.

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