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Two school buses erupt in flames near Fontana day care center

March 15, 2012 |  5:33 pm

Two school buses caught fire near a Fontana day care center early Thursday after a person attempting to steal gas from the vehicles sparked the blaze, authorities said.

San Bernardino County firefighters responded to the fire about 3:50 a.m. and were able to extinguish the flames before they spread to a third bus, authorities said.

There was some minor damage to playground equipment.

Fire investigators believe that while someone was attempting to pump fuel from one of the buses, a spark from the pump or the bus’ electrical equipment ignited the fire. A small pump and hoses were found nearby.

Authorities do not have any suspects.

Damage to the buses was estimated at $80,000.

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