No interruption to routes after two Englewood Elementary buses catch fire

By WVUA23 News Student Reporter Gracie Fusco

Two buses at Englewood Elementary School went up in flames late Wednesday after a powerline fell, but school officials said Thursday there are no issues with bus routes.

It took 20 minutes before Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue and local volunteer fire departments could quash the blaze at the Tuscaloosa County School System building, but no one was injured in the incident.

“These buses were stationary and we are glad they were,” said TCSS Director of Transportation Donna Christian. “There were no students or drivers on it or anybody in the area.”

It’s not often something like this happens, that’s for sure, she said.

“We are thankful that no one was on the bus at the time it happened,” Christian said. “Equipment can be replaced.”

The school was using extra buses like these as a way to keep expanding routes on schedule.

There was so much heat from the fire that it burned holes in the pavement. Both buses were destroyed.

An average school bus costs more than $100,000, and TCSS said replacing these buses will cost about $236,000.

But some good news? A total of 36 new buses were already on order and should be arriving by early spring.

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