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Bus en route to Missoula catches fire; passengers safe

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WILLISTON, N.D. — Passengers aboard a Jefferson Lines bus headed from Minneapolis to Missoula, Mont., escaped unharmed when the bus caught fire in northwestern North Dakota.

The flames engulfed the bus near Williston on Sunday night. Company spokesman Kevin Pursey tells The Associated Press the 20 people on board got off safely, though the bus likely is destroyed. He says there's no word on what caused the fire.

Pursey says the bus is fairly new, being built in 2005. And he says all buses go through a pre-trip inspection.

Missoula resident Angel Ogden says some of the passengers lost luggage and other valuables in the fire, but Pursey says he thinks all of the luggage was salvaged.

Another Jefferson Lines bus is being rerouted to Williston to pick up the stranded passengers.

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