A fire broke out in a service bay of the Warsaw Community Schools' transportation building just before 6 a.m. today, destroying four buses and forcing the school system to cancel classes for the day.
No one was injured in the fire, but David Hoffert, superintendent of the Warsaw schools, said the fire, which started about 5:50 a.m., quickly spread throughout the building and other service bays.
The school system has 72 buses and some mini-buses used on smaller routes, and most of those were parked behind the building and were not damaged. Among the ones that were parked outside were some new buses the school system had just gotten.
The keys to all of the buses were in the transportation building, so drivers, who were scheduled to start arriving about 20 minutes after the fire started, had no keys. "There was no way to operate today," Hoffert said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, though at this point the fire does not appear to be suspicious, Hoffert said. It isn't known whether it started as an electrical fire or what.
"Our biggest worry is service," Hoffert said. The school system is working on logistics for a temporary location for servicing the buses, he said.
The school system does have about two extra buses.