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School Bus With Children Begins ‘Smoldering' In Clairemont: SDUSD Spokesperson

A possible brake failure caused a school bus to begin smoldering Tuesday as it was transporting a handful of children through the Clairemont area, a spokesperson for the San Diego Unified School District said. 

Firefighters were responding to a vehicle fire in a residential community along Mt. Acadia Boulevard about two miles west of San Diego Mesa College at about 8:30 a.m. 

The district spokesperson said the driver was able to blast out the smoldering area with a fire extinguisher before police or firefighters arrived. No flames were ever visible. 

The brakes were burning and smoking, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said.  

The bus was carrying three to five kids at the time. A bus was called to pick up the children and transport them to school.

The district spokesperson believes some kind of brake failure led to the incident but an official cause was not yet known. 

No injuries were reported and no ambulances were called. 

Editor's note: A previous version of this story attributed information to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department that should not have been. 

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