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Brake fire torches tour bus

(Photo source: Ashley Delmont York) (Photo source: Ashley Delmont York)

The owner of Lakeland Tours LLC, a tour bus company based on the Gulf Coast, is wondering what went wrong after one of his buses caught fire Saturday morning.

Gulfport firefighters responded to the fire in the Home Depot parking lot on Highway 49 around 8:30 a.m.

Jeremiah Morman said one of his buses was on the way to pick up a load of passengers when the brakes locked up. That caused the brakes to heat up and spark a blaze that engulfed the rear of the bus.

Luckily, no passengers were on board and the driver was able to get away safely.

Morman said what happened was strange, because this was the first trip for the bus after new brakes were installed. He said he is waiting to hear back from his insurance company to find out if the bus is a total loss.

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