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School pupils evacuated from bus after rush hour blaze

School bus fire Image copyright Daniel Fulller
Image caption No one was injured as a result of the blaze

A school bus was evacuated in Livingston after a fire broke out on board.

The blaze started in the rear of the coach – which is operated by E & M Horsburgh – on the A71 near the Wilderness Roundabout, Bellsquarry.

The alarm was raised at 08:30 on Monday after the driver spotted smoke and pulled over.

West Lothian Council tweeted: “Everyone is safe and emergency services are on the scene.”

It is understood a number of West Calder High School pupils were on board the coach, which was extensively damaged.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said three engines were sent to the blaze.

A spokesman said: “There were no casualties. Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

Image copyright Daniel Fuller
Image caption The alarm was raised on the A71 at around 08:31

A council spokesman said: “We understand from the operator that the bus driver noticed smoke from the rear of the vehicle and pulled over as a precaution allowing the pupils to depart the bus unharmed.

“Pupils were picked up shortly afterwards by another bus and taken to school.

“We’ve asked the bus operator to provide us with further details.”

He added that council officers had visited the site and would investigate the incident.

A spokeswoman for E&M Horsburgh said: “We can confirm that one of our vehicles was unfortunately involved in a fire incident this morning.

“There were no passenger injuries as a result of this fire.”

The spokeswoman added that the company, which was established in 1986, had an “exemplary safety record.”

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