Maintenance

5 Rhode Island School Buses Destroyed by Fire

Sadiah Thompson
Posted on October 15, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A blaze that burned five school buses here on Thursday night is under investigation, authorities said.

Chief Kevin Jutras of Providence Fire Department told The Boston Globe that crews responded to a First Student bus yard at 3 Riacom Way shortly after 7:30 p.m., and upon arrival, at least one bus in the yard was engulfed in flames.

Jutras added that one firefighter was injured as crews worked for 20 minutes to knock out the blaze.

Steven Pare, the city's public safety commissioner, told WPRI that while the cause of the fire remains under investigation, authorities are considering it suspicious at this time.

School bus drivers contracted with First Student began a bus strike Sept. 27 after negotiations over retirement benefits with the company fell through, WPRI reports. The strike has left more than 9,000 students without transportation to and from school, according to the news source.

Teamsters Local 251, the organization representing the school bus drivers in the strike, said on its Facebook page that both the organization and the drivers "condemn the property damage," and they are grateful no serious injuries were reported.

The organization added that once both parties reach an agreement, the drivers will return to their bus routes.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza told WPRI that the while the incident coincides with the strike, city officials are still planning to move forward with a full investigation.

Related Topics: bus fires, driver strike, Rhode Island

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
The NCST’s writing committees are seeking subject matter experts and public comment as they prepare for the 2020 Congress. Murrell Martin (shown left) and Bill Loshbough are shown here leading a discussion at NCST 2015.
News

NCST Writing Committees Seek Input

The National Congress on School Transportation’s writing committees are seeking subject matter experts and public comment as they prepare for the 2020 Congress. 

NAPT inducted special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth into its Hall of Fame.
News

NAPT Awards Highlight Training Efforts, Heroism

America’s Best competition winners and other student transportation professionals are recognized for training contributions. A student is honored for stepping in when his bus driver had a medical emergency.

Product

Fuel Management System

The Islander Prime, a fuel management system for commercial fueling, is an all-in-one standalone pedestal enabling forecourt automation that offers flexible fueling authorization capabilities.

Product

LED Lens Heating System

The Maxxheat series of LED headlamps and stop, tail, and turn lights feature a microprocessor that automatically initiates the lens heating system when the outside air temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kirk Dawson has been named vice president and general manager, the Americas, for Vehicle Service Group, parent company of 13 equipment brands, including Rotary.
News

Vehicle Service Group Names New Vice President

Kirk Dawson becomes the new vice president and general manager, the Americas, effective Dec. 1. He takes over the role from Matt Webster, who is retiring after 35 years with the company.

Product

King Pin Kits

The new line of TRP No-Ream King Pin Kits are available in multiple-diameter lengths, and are designed to fit many makes of buses.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!