POSTED: Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 4:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A San Jose, California school bus driver is being hailed as a hero tonight after she rescued a disabled student from a burning school bus.
In the end, the fire destroyed the entire bus leaving it a charred mess.
School district officials said the engine compartment of the bus caught fire at 7:30 a.m. while the bus was parked outside Sylvandale Middle School.
According to fire officials, all of the students but one were off the bus when the fire started. The one remaining student was in a wheelchair.
Because of the fire, school officials said the vehicle's electric ramp did not work, so the bus driver had to physically carry the girl off of the bus while the fire was quickly spreading.