Early morning school bus fire, explosion rattles Lucas neighbours
The London Free Press

London police and firefighters are investigating after a school bus caught fire at a school in the city’s north-east end, causing an explosion that rattled area neighbours early Sunday.

Officers and firefighters responded to A.B. Lucas secondary school on Tennent Avenue, east of Adelaide Street, after receiving reports of a fire and a “loud” explosion at about 3 a.m.

Though no injuries were reported, the fire destroyed the bus, police said.

Karen Jackson, who lives about three kilometres from the school, said she was woken by the explosion, which she said other neighbours also reported hearing.

“At the beginning, I thought I was dreaming it,” she said. “It was a really loud, deep ‘boom’ and I thought it was some sort of lightning storm . . . until I heard another (explosion).”

In total, Jackson said she heard about five explosions.

Jack Burt, London’s acting deputy fire chief, said Sunday the fire was under investigation.

“It is being investigated jointly by the London fire department and London police to determine the cause and circumstances of the fire,” he said, adding the Ministry of the Environment also was assisting as the bus released some diesel fuel that entered a storm sewer in the area.

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