NORWAY — A School Administrative District 17 bus burst into flames Friday morning at the bus garage on Brown Street.

No one was on or near the bus at the time.

Transportation Director Dave Fontaine said the bus had been parked for about 30 to 45 minutes after its morning run and was not running when the engine compartment burst into flames. Fontaine said the cause is suspected to be electrical.

A parts delivery person who arrived at the garage, which is behind Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, discovered smoke coming from the engine compartment and notified personnel in the bus garage who called the Norway Fire Department.

The 2002 Thomas Freightliner bus holds 75 people and is normally used for runs in the Waterford area.

Fontaine said he maintains spare buses so there will be no interruption of service.

The district’s insurer has been notified and the bus has been taken to the warehouse behind the Gouin Athletic Fields until inspectors are able to look at it.

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