Eight Detroit Department of Transportation buses were destroyed in a massive fire that broke out at a terminal on the city’s east side early Friday morning.
DDOT Director Dan Dirks said the fire started at around 1:30am at the DDOT Shoemaker Terminal on St. Jean Street after a bus pulled into the bay after finishing its runs for the night.
“The buses are serviced and they’re cleaned, they get fuel, and then they put them in line so they can go out the next morning,” Dirks told WWJ’s Laura Bonnell. “And so it’s when the coach service attendant pulled it in, shut the vehicle off and he did a visual inspection, and noticed there was some smoke coming out of the back where the engine is.”
“It was probably an engine fire,” said Dirks. “We’ll have both internal and external folks talk a look at it to determine the exact cause.”
After the worker called 911, the fire department quickly responded and took over an hour to put out the blaze. Explosions were reportedly heard during the fire.
DDOT Deputy Commissioner Dave Fornell said eight buses, and two of the eight bays at the terminal sustained damages.
“There’s basically nothing but twisted metal and burned and charred wood and everything else,” he said. “It’s pretty much burned out and it’s now going to be a salvage operation.”
No injuries were reported, but some bus routes may experience delays on Friday. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
H/T: Detroit Free Press
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