No injuries after bus catches fire at SBN

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. Passengers evacuated a bus that caught fire as it arrived at the South Bend Regional Airport Monday afternoon.

The Hoosier Rides bus operated by Miller Transportation was coming from Indianapolis when a passenger reported hearing a pop as the bus pulled into the airport lot. Passengers we're evacuated after signs of smoke.

Miller Transportation's president, John Miller, told NewsCenter 16 there were 16 passengers on board at the time of the fire.

A few were treated for smoke inhalation, but there were no other injuries reported.

Online diagnostics did not show any problems with the vehicle at the time of the fire. Miller said it may have been a mechanical issue external to the passenger compartment, but there will be a full investigation to determine the cause.

"We were certainly lucky that the airport firefighters were on hand," Miller said, who said the response was quick.

The airport's fire fighters used special equipment typically used to handle fires that involve jet fuel.

The bus was on its way to Benton Harbor after the stop in South Bend.

Miller said a new bus was already in route to pick up the stranded passengers.