Massive fire destroys entire school bus garage, classes cancelled (photos, video)

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Classes were cancelled Friday at the Parkland School District in South Whitehall, Pennsylvania, after a massive fire completely destroyed the entire school bus garage in the early morning hours, along with 25 school buses.

Neighbors reported the blaze about 3 a.m., after hearing explosions from the fire.

The Associated Press reported:

When firefighters showed up a few minutes later, “there were flames coming out of all four sides plus the roof,” said Jeff Johnson, chief of the Tri-Clover Fire Co.

Firefighters had to retreat as tires exploded off their rims and flew through the walls of the building, taking metal siding with them, Johnson said. It took about an hour to put out the fire.

Johnson 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.

Some of the burned-out buses were still smoking hours later as firefighters dragged away metal siding.

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