Anniston police Lt. Wayne Willis said the bus was transporting students to Anniston High School around 8 a.m., when a fire began in the vehicle’s engine.
The driver pulled the bus over on the side of the road and alerted emergency responders about the fire, police said.
Officers arrived on scene to take a report and help students off the bus, Willis said. The engine fire “burned up the bus pretty badly” but no students were injured by the flames or smoke, the lieutenant said.
EMS workers did not transport any students to the hospital.
Attempts Monday to reach Anniston City Schools officials and Anniston firefighters were unsuccessful.
Willis said the fire started out small, noting there was no type of explosion.
The lieutenant said he wasn’t certain what started the fire but mentioned a fuel leak as a possibility.
Police categorized the bus fire as a one-vehicle traffic accident, which is protocol whenever officers responded to a vehicle that catches fire while traveling, Willis said.
Officers continued to investigate Monday.