Mahwah School Bus Driver, Student Escape Unharmed Following Bus Fire

A Mahwah school bus caught on fire Tuesday morning shortly after starting a pickup route.

According to preliminary reports, the Durham School Services bus had just started it’s pickup route when the bus ignited around 9 a.m. on Chapel Road.

Officials say that the only two occupants - the driver and a fifth grade Joyce Kilmer Elementary school student - escaped unharmed.

Firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but officials believe it may have been a mechanical problem in the engine.