YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Area II officials are investigating a June 2 fire that destroyed an $80,000 shuttle bus, according to an Army news release.

Bus driver To Un-ki was bringing two passengers from Incheon Airport to Yongsan Garrison when he noticed the fire, according to the release.

He pulled over along the 24-mile stretch of highway that goes to the airport and directed his two passengers to evacuate with their bags.

He discovered the fire in the engine compartment at the rear of the bus and attempted to put it out with an extinguisher, according to the release. But the fire was too big, To said.

“The fire spread from the rear to the front, totally engulfing the bus,” he said in the release.

Four South Korean firetrucks arrived and put out the blaze, and a wrecker from Yongsan retrieved the bus the following day.

The remaining three 2001 Hyundai Areo Space LS shuttle buses in the Yongsan inventory were inspected to ensure there was no systemic problem.

“We’re just glad that no one was injured,” Area II Deputy Director of Logistics John Wright said in the release. “Some things are irreplaceable.”

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