Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-12-03 16:08 Bengaluru: Students of BML School, Jalahalli, Bengaluru, had a narrow escape after their school bus caught fire during a trip to Mysuru, Srirangapatana and Talakad.The bus with 52 student and teacher was near Channapatna when children seated at the rear end noticed smoke and alerted the driver, Sudarshan, who immediately halted the bus and evacuated the bus.On disembarking, the bus driver along with a few locals tried to douse the fire by pouring water but the fire spread and the entire bus was reduced to ashes in a few minutes. "All students are safe. We tried to stop the fire from spreading, but due to the wind the fire spread and entire bus got burnt. I alerted my seniors who rushed to the spot and another bus was arranged from Channapatna," said Sudarshan.The BML school at Jalahalli cross had arranged the trip for classes 5 to 10. Six buses were hired to carry as many as 300 students who joined the trip."We have summoned officials from Ashok Leyland, the manufacturer of the bus. Technicians have been asked to give a report by Tuesday. It looks like the fire has been caused by a short circuit," said Jai Prakash, Chief Vigilance Officer, BMTC.