Bus Burns At Ransom Middle School

February 16, 2014

A school bus was destroyed by fire at Ransom Middle School in Cantonment Saturday.

The bus was used in the school’s ag program. It had become stuck inĀ  field behind the school on Friday as ag students were working in the field, according to Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.

The bus fire was reported about 12:30 Saturday afternoon. A portion of the field also burned.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office. The Cantonment and Ensley stations of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to the blaze.

Pictured: A bus and a portion of a field burned behind Ransom Middle School in Cantonment early Saturday afternoon. Photos by WEAR 3 for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Bus Burns At Ransom Middle School”

  1. Jennifer Berke on December 14th, 2014 5:37 pm

    I just witnessed a fire across from my house. I live across from Ransom. Prior to the fire two kids were in the field on their bikes. I noticed them but no one has contacted me yet for a report. I was told they have to see if it’s an arson first. Makes me think the same kids could be responsible for the bus regardless of how long ago. The fire started right after those kids left. Same area as where the bus was.

  2. Gembeaux on February 17th, 2014 3:47 pm

    Those were my initial thoughts about the exhaust or the tranny, too, but the fire occurred the next day, after a night of cold temperatures. Wouldn’t both the exhaust and transmission have cooled down to ambient temperature by then? Did someone come back to try to get the bus out, or was the site visited by some arsonous vandals?

  3. 429SCJ on February 17th, 2014 3:17 am

    That Allison automatic transmission must have overheated from all the spinning trying to get unstuck is my guess. When temperature reached the transmission fluid’s ignition temperature, seals failed and fluid started leaking.

    From the looks of that grass it could have just as easily been caused by the bus’s exhaust system as frequently occurs when 4X4s and SUVs take to the bush.

  4. Jado Jones on February 17th, 2014 2:32 am

    Could be the exhaust system got too hot while trying to get it unstuck. Sorry to see the kids bus gone, hopefully they will have a replacement bus to use.

  5. Tim Shoffner on February 16th, 2014 2:38 pm

    My oldest was on that bus Friday,the AG students from Tate were working there.