CHILDREN on their way home from a school tour had a lucky escape on Monday evening when the bus they were travelling on caught fire.
The children were returning home to Kerry, when smoke started billowing from the bus at around 6.30 at Barnagh, just outside Newcastle West.
The driver stopped the bus and ensured that teachers and pupils got to safety and the emergency services were phoned.
Witnesses said that flames were seen coming from the vehicle, but no one was injured. This was later confirmed by Gardai, although some of the young children were said to be shocked by the incident.
The bus was almost completely destroyed by the fire, the cause of which remains unknown.
A portion of the Tralee/Newcastle West road remained closed for a number of hours last night, but it was back open as of this Tuesday morning.
Anyone with information can contact Newcastle West garda station on 069-62111.