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UPDATE: Passengers describe bus fire

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

No one was injured after a MET Transit bus caught fire after 7 a.m. in Cedar Falls Thursday. It happened on Ohio Street, which is on the University of Northern Iowa's campus.

Tyler Knight was on the bus getting ready for an early class at Hawkeye Community College. Then, he looked back and noticed the fire.

"So I was just like, I want to get off the bus before it blows up," he said. "I thought it was fake. I was like, I can't see how this happens."

"There was smoke everywhere," said UNI student Angie McCardle. "I saw the flames clear up through the trees and through the cars."

As the fire spread, everyone on the bus escaped safely. The MET Transit Authority said the bus was up-to-date on maintenance. They believe the fire started in the engine compartment.

It was extinguished soon after Cedar Falls Fire arrived on scene. No one was hurt.

Still, the spectacle drew a crowd of concerned students.

"I was really worried what fire," McCardle said. "I was worried it was a student's car, because especially as close as those cars are parked if one catches fire they'll all catch fire. And maybe even the dorms, because the dorms are so close to the parking lot.

As for Knight, he said his day took an unexpected turn.

"At least I can cross it off my bucket list now," he said. "Not that it was there two weeks ago, but now I can. I was on a bus that was on fire."

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