This photo shows a schoolbus which caught fire on the A377 at Lapford on Wednesday afternoon forcing a section of the road to be closed at rush hour.
Police and fire crews were called to the scene, near Lapford Cross Industrial Estate, after the driver of the bus reported the fire at 4.21pm.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the driver of the bus, which was full of schoolchildren, realised there was a problem and pulled over into a layby before evacuating the vehicle.
She contacted emergency services and fire crews from Crediton and North Tawton were sent to the scene.
Firefighters used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze, which crews confirmed they got under control within an hour.
Fire chiefs said the blaze was out by 5.30pm and said the bus was severely damaged by the fire.
Police confirmed nobody was injured in the incident and said all the schoolchildren and the driver had safely got off the vehicle before the situation worsened.
Officers said the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental and it is thought to be down to a mechanical fault in the engine.
The road was closed between Lapford and Copplestone while highways crews cleared debris from the road and recovered the bus. There was also traffic disruption between Lapford and Morchard Bishop.
Police confirmed no other vehicles were involved in the incident.
Passengers were collected from the scene by another vehicle and safely transported to their destination.
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