Charter bus catches fire in Old Town: Bride's wedding dress saved from flames

Fire occurred near Rosecrans, Taylor streets

SAN DIEGO - A charter bus caught fire in Old Town on Saturday, but no one was injured.

The fire occurred just before 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Rosecrans and Taylor streets, near the Old Town Trolley station.

"It went up very fast, like, I had no time to react," said bus driver Jeff Sadon.

The bus was taking members of a bridal party to the wedding location at Presido Park when passengers reported smelling smoke.

"They said something was smoking in there so I pulled over, I looked back and there's smoke just billowing, so I got everybody out of the bus," said Sadon.

Everyone was off the bus, but not everything. The bride's wedding dress was still in the bus hanging in the back area.

"You couldn't see a thing and I was choking, so I ran back there and I grabbed her dress for her," said Sadon.

When asked about the bride's reaction, Sadon said, "She didn't even thank me for it."

He said the bride was instead concerned if another bus was coming and whether she would have to pay for the burned one.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire within minutes. Part of eastbound Taylor Street was temporarily closed as crews fought the fire. The incident did not affect train or trolley service.

Later at the church, the wedding went off as planned. 10News asked the bridesmaids and the bride on their way out if they wanted to discuss their fiery experience, but it seemed to be a story that for now, they want to keep to themselves.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Sadon says he thinks it may have been an electrical problem.

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