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7 kids, 2 adults escape mini school bus fire in Hicksville, authorities say

A min school bus en route to Carousel

A min school bus en route to Carousel Day School with seven children and two adults aboard caught fire on 2nd Street in Hicksville at 9:13 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, fire officials said. They all got off safely before the bus became engulfed in flames, officials said. Credit: Kevin Imm

A mini school bus carrying private day-school children caught fire Wednesday morning in Hicksville, but authorities said the seven children and two adults aboard escaped safely.

The engine of the bus began smoking at 9:13 a.m. on Second Street near Newbridge Road, police said. The driver pulled over, and everyone on board was evacuated before flames were visible.

Volunteers from the Hicksville Fire Department put out the blaze, which fully engulfed the vehicle.

The bus was taking the children to the Carousel Day School in Hicksville. A woman who answered a phone at the elementary school declined to comment.

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