Fire officials investigating empty Chardon bus that burned in fire overnight

CHARDON, Ohio - The Chardon Fire Department is investigating a school bus that was on fire overnight in the district's bus lot.

Shortly after 5 a.m. on Thursday, an employee arrived at 355 Maple Avenue, where the bus lot is located, and noticed a bus had been burned in a fire. 

As a precaution, the fire department extinguished any hot spots. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

UPDATE: Authorities originally believed the cause of the fire may have been intentional, but now they say the cause "does not appear to be malicious."

A second bus and a service truck suffered damage caused by the fire. 

The fire department and school district in Chardon are investigating.

News 5 will update with more information as it becomes available.

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