PELHAM, N.Y. – Students were forced to evacuate the Pelham High and Middle Schools on Friday afternoon when a bus intended for the boys soccer team caught fire, causing a scare.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., fire crews responded to the high school when smoke was spotted coming from the engine of the bus. The few passengers on the bus were quickly evacuated, before the bus caught fire, which was swiftly extinguished by first responders.
Firefighters promptly responded to the scene and had the flames taken care of within the hour. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Students were temporarily held outside of the building while the fire alarms were reset. The team made it to Sleepy Hollow for their 3 p.m. game and students were dismissed at the regular time.
In an email to parents, Pelham Superintendent of Schools Peter Giarrizzo explained what happened, thanking the first responders from the Pelham and Pelham Manor Fire Departments.
“The fire was promptly extinguished by the firefighters, but to further ensure the safety of all students and staff, the entire secondary campus was evacuated,” he said. “All procedures were followed appropriately and I applaud the faculty, administration and staff for their commitment to the safety of our students.”