CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A CMS school bus caught fire Tuesday afternoon in southwest Charlotte.
According to CMS, there were not any students on board Bus 188 at the time.
A witness told WBTV that the driver was still on the bus and was not injured during the fire but shaken.
The bus caught fire near Nations Ford Road and Downs Road, according to CMS.
The driver reported she smelled smoke and stopped the bus immediately. She exited before the bus ignited, according to reports.
Witnesses say nearby workers saw the fire and rushed to help. They used about four fire extinguishers to help put out the fire.
Firefighters arrived to put the fire completely out. Firefighters met with the media to give an update on what happened and where the fire possibly started.
"A fire that seems to have originated in the engine compartment and spread into the driver's area and passenger compartment," Charlotte Fire Dept. Senior Fire Inspector David Williams said.
There are similarities to what happened on Tuesday and what happened last month. Sources tell WBTV Bus 188 had the same engine as Bus 364.
A statement was released Nov. 2 about Bus 364 that stated school buses with similar engine types were to be inspected.
Sources say the bus involved in the latest incident should have been checked before hitting the road.
CMS is scheduled to have a press conference addressing these bus fires Wednesday morning.