Ris­ing from the ashes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - Source: Staff re­port

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.

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