Ogemaw County Prison Bus Fire

A close call for some prisoners in a transfer bus in West Branch this morning.

The Ogemaw County Sheriff’s office says the bus from Prisoner Transport Services was there at 3:30 this morning to pick up a prisoner for extradition, when a correctional officer smelled smoke coming from the bus holding 14 other prisoners.

They were immediately evacuated from the bus by Prisoner Transport Services personnel.

The West Branch Fire Department responded and put out the fire.

No one was hurt and the 14 prisoners on the bus will be housed at the Ogemaw County Jail until new transportation can be arranged.