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A close call: Tour bus catches on fire on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County

Some 30 people escape injury in bus fire.
Montecito Fire Department
Some 30 people escape injury in bus fire.

Driver, passengers are able to get off the bus safely.

It was an unexpected adventure for some 30 people on a tour bus in Santa Barbara County. The bus caught on fire.

It happened just after 6:30 Saturday night, in Montecito. The bus was headed south on Highway 101 near Sheffield Drive when the driver noticed there was something wrong.

He pulled over, and stopped. By then, flames and smoke were coming from the engine compartment of the bus. Fortunately, everyone was able to get out safely.

Montecito firefighters quickly knocked down the flames. The southbound 101 was completely closed for about a half hour. It took about three hours to fully reopen the highway.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.