GARYSBURG, N.C. (WAVY) — Twenty one firefighters spent nearly nine hours working a school bus fire in Garysburg Saturday evening.
At 9:16 p.m., Gaston Fire-Rescue EMS crews were dispatched for a report of smoking bus on the southbound side I-95 near mile marker 175 in Garysburg. Upon arrival, a full size school bus was found to be smoking heavily.
Firefighters made entry into the rear of the bus to find the whole bus was filled with household goods. They removed the burned material from the bus and made access to parts of the bus using hydraulic cutters, chain saws and K saws.
The goods on the bus included heavy amounts of clothing, housewares, furniture, appliances, outdoor power equipment, propane tanks, gasoline tanks and paints.
All debris was removed from inside the bus to ensure the fire was extingushed. The bus was later removed from the scene and crews continued to clear up the area.
One southbound lane of I-95 was closed for about five hours.
The driver of the bus was out of the vehicle at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is not suspecious in nature, according to officials.
Crews with Northampton County EMS, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department, N.C. Highway Patrol and NCDOT also assisted with this fire.