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Eau Claire North students escape burning bus

EAU CLAIRE - Almost three dozen Eau Claire high school students escaped injury when their charter bus was destroyed by fire as they were starting a field trip.  

Officials said 32 students from Eau Claire North were heading to the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis -- but a problem cropped up before they could leave town.  A fire official tells WEAU-TV that the bus driver figured that something was wrong with one of the left tires.  The driver was heading to a transfer location when smoke and flames emerged.  The students and the driver managed to get out safely, and another bus took them to Minneapolis.  

A company from Rochester, Minnesota owned the damaged bus.  Police continue to investigate.

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