Florida mother, daughter stranded in Houston after bus catches fire

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 7:48 AM

HOUSTON -- A bus ride to Houston turned scary for Holly Koch and her 11-year-old daughter.

They made the long journey from West Palm Beach Florida to Houston for Holly’s divorce court date. They rode on a bus operated by Tornado Bus Company.

The bus caught on fire on I-12 near Hammond, Louisiana in the wee hours of the morning.

"We woke up to a big loud boom and then about 30 seconds later another boom,” Holly added, “but it wasn't quite as loud."

Moments after the bus stopped, Samantha Koch said she looked out the window and saw fire.

"Just flames shot out as I looked out," Samantha said. "I just wanted to get out of there. I thought I was gonna die."

It took a few minutes for the driver to let everyone off the bus. There was no fire extinguisher and it took more than three hours for a replacement bus to show up.

"I forgot my purse, my computer, my phone," Holly said.

When they finally got to Houston, Koch said she tried calling Tornado Bus Company because all of her belongings burned in the fire.

"They just put you on hold forever," Holly said.

Holly and Samantha are stuck in Houston with no identification or money. However, Holly did win the car in her divorce settlement.

The bus company’s website says it is not responsible for any loss or damage. Further down, it says liability cannot exceed $250 dollars.

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