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LexTran driver's lunch break interrupted by blazing vehicle

Firefighters with Lexington Fire Department engine 6 attacked a fully involved Lextran sport-utility vehicle fire on South Limestone north of Administration Drive in Lexington Friday. The supervisor's vehicle caught fire shortly before 11:30 a.m. Inbound South Limestone was shut down temporarily at Scott Street; one of three lanes was reopened shortly thereafter.  Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Firefighters with Lexington Fire Department engine 6 attacked a fully involved Lextran sport-utility vehicle fire on South Limestone north of Administration Drive in Lexington Friday. The supervisor's vehicle caught fire shortly before 11:30 a.m. Inbound South Limestone was shut down temporarily at Scott Street; one of three lanes was reopened shortly thereafter. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

A LexTran vehicle burst into flames on Friday while a bus driver was sitting in the parked vehicle eating lunch before going back on his regular run.

Jill Barnett, LexTran spokeswoman, said Kenneth Hughes smelled smoke, but got out of the 2004 Ford Explorer before it burst into flames.

Firefighters were not sure of the cause of the fire, Barnett said, but believed it started under the dashboard. Arson or other suspicious circumstances were not suspected.

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