Rising from the ashes
A wind-whipped fire at Ozark Regional Transit’s Springdale bus barn Jan. 10 destroyed 20 buses. Explosions launched parts of buses more than three blocks away. The burned-out frames are being left where they are, under a canopy that also will have to be replaced, until fire and insurance inspectors finish their work. The fire investigation is expected to resume Thursday and Friday. After that part of the investigation is done, ORT should be able to have the damaged vehicles removed, along with the canopy, and have the area cleaned up so the rebuilding process can begin. Board members Thursday approved allowing ORT to apply for federal grants to help replace the destroyed buses.