Fire officials say no one was hurt when a school bus caught fire in Mesa on Thursday morning.
The fire appears to have started in the engine compartment and spread through the bus, said Mesa fire spokesman Forrest Smith.
Smith said the bus driver recognized smoke coming from the communication radio and quickly pulled over near Country Club and Brown, then got the school assistant and four children off the bus safely.
"We certainly credit this bus driver with saving these kids' lives. (We're glad she) was able to recognize (the danger) even though it was just a wisp of smoke," said Smith.
Driver Cynthia Wells spotted a small amount of smoke as she was driving down the road. She pulled over, and helped evacuate the students before the bus caught fire.
"The kids are your number one priority. It's like (they're) my own kids, so I needed to take care of them first," said Wells.
A second bus was called to take the special education junior high students to Carson Junior High School, Mesa Public Schools spokeswoman Helen Hollands said.
Hollands said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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