REALITY CHECK: MCPSS won't answer questions about bus fire

(image: WPMI) Reality Check: MCPSS won't answer questions about bus fire

NBC 15 News is continuing to question what caused Monday’s bus fire in Grand Bay. Flames engulfed a Mobile County Public School bus as it drove two dozen Grand Bay Middle and Alma Bryant High School students home. All scrambled to safety, and no one was injured. We repeatedly called and messaged school officials Tuesday and were finally told no comment until the investigation is complete. Tonight, we did our own digging and found potential causes.

One source tells NBC 15 News the bus was a 2011 International CE and mechanics had worked on the alternator and turbo engine, but it recently passed an inspection. According to records, recalls related to the engine turbo supply line have been issued in the past. The potential hazard? An oil leak in the engine's compartment may cause a fire.

The school system did not answer any questions about the investigation into the fire or if there are concerns about other buses in its fleet. It's the second school bus fire in as many years. In 2016, another bus caught fire. It was also an International CE bus, but a different model year.

The school system released this statement Tuesday afternoon:

Right now, we are involved in a complete and thorough investigation. We have no information or comments to share until that investigation is finished. The safety of our students is our first priority in Mobile County Public Schools and we are taking this matter seriously.
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