Fire spreads through three school buses in New Mi­nas

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY IAN FAIRCLOUGH SALTWIRE NET­WORK NEW MI­NAS, N.S.

A fire fanned by strong winds de­stroyed a school bus and heav­ily da­m­aged two oth­ers in New Mi­nas.

The fire started on Dec. 22 in a row of buses parked be­hind the Irv­ing Big Stop, just off High­way 101, shortly be­fore 10 a.m.

Only one bus was burn­ing when New Mi­nas fire chief Jim Red­mond ar­rived on the scene, but the winds pushed the flames into one ad­ja­cent bus and then an­other as thick smoke bil­lowed into the sky.

Fire­fight­ers used a tur­ret sim­i­lar to those on air­port fire­fight­ing trucks to knock down the bulk of the fire in the first bus that was burn­ing, be­fore us­ing hose lines to ex­tin­guish the rest of the flames.

The three buses were at the end of the row of 12 ve­hi­cles. Red­mond said it was for­tu­nate the wind wasn’t blow­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Three ex­ten­sion cords led from a power source on a nearby pole to the three buses that burned, but Red­mond said it’s too early to say what the cause was. There were no in­juries.

IAN FAIRCLOUGH/SALTWIRE NET­WORK

One bus caught fire in a New Mi­nas park­ing lot Satur­day morn­ing, and high winds caused the flames to spread to two oth­ers.

IAN FAIRCLOUGH/SALTWIRE NET­WORK

New Mi­nas fire chief Jim Red­mond ex­am­ines a bus at the scene.

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