Fire damages Turlock city buses

February 13, 2017

 

turlock bus fire

PHOTO COURTESY CITY OF TURLOCK

TURLOCK — City bus service continued Monday morning despite a fire that damaged four buses over the weekend.

Four large, 35-foot fixed-route buses were damaged by a fire at the Turlock Corporation Yard late Saturday night, the city said.  Two of the Compressed Natural Gas-powered buses sustained severe damage, while two other CNG buses received minor to moderate damage.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire Monday morning.

The fire was reported just before 11:30 p.m., Saturday. Firefighters contained the blaze to the four buses and some nearby fueling equipment.

“Our firefighters did an excellent job containing the blaze to just four vehicles,” said Mayor Gary Soiseth. “While losing just one bus in our fleet would create a huge challenge, city staff and I met (Sunday) morning to create a strategy that will provide bus riders with reliable service for this upcoming week.”

However, the damage has left the City with no spare service vehicles, so service disruptions may occur if unexpected maintenance issues arise.  If that happens, Turlock Transit will share updates to help keep riders informed.

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