District reopens after fire destroyed, damaged several buses

A firefighter clears wreckage from a school bus depot in South Whitehall, Pa.,, that was destroyed by fire ion Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Jeff Johnson, chief of the Tri-Clover Fire Co., said 16 buses inside the building were destroyed, and a dozen outside the building received damage that ranged from blistered paint to broken windshields. The 25 destroyed or damaged buses represent about 25 percent of the district's fleet. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

SOUTH WHITEHALL, Pa. - Schools are reopening in a Pennsylvania district where a fire destroyed or damaged more than two dozen school buses.

Classes were cancelled after the fast-moving blaze broke out Friday at a Parkland school district garage in South Whitehall, near Allentown.

Authorities say 16 buses were destroyed in the blaze and 14 had minor damage, meaning roughly 25 per cent of the district's fleet was affected. No injuries were reported.

The district was able to obtain temporary buses from two vendors, and its mechanics have repaired more than a dozen buses that had minor damage. The district also had eight reserve buses that are will be used to transport students Monday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. People who live near the site reported hearing explosions.


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