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Sisters called heroes after saving dozens from bus fire

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UNDATED (CNN) - Two Mississippi sisters are being called heroes after they stopped a school bus that was about to go up in flames.

Bettye Windom, who works for the post office and is a volunteer firefighter, and her sister Beth saw a Claiborne County school bus smoking and sprung into action.

"We're running on the side of the bus and we have the flashers on and we're honking were screaming my sister was out of the vehicle out the window screaming at him and them we finally got in front of them and slammed on breaks to get them to get out of the bus," Bettye said.

The bus was filled with students that were heading home after taking exit exams in another town. When they realized the problem, all adults on board the bus started to react.

By the time the head of transportation got on the scene, the bus was charred.

School officials say they think it may have been something mechanical, although the bus is a 2008 model.

Witnesses say the smoke was coming from the front before it flared up.

One minor injury was reported, a girl who hurt her shoulder trying to escape.

School leaders are now planning to recognize the sisters who alerted the driver and got the kids to safety.

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