Fire destroys 8 Detroit buses

Dec 7, 2011

A fire at a Detroit bus facility destroyed eight newer buses Wednesday morning.

The fire was more bad news for a city that’s been struggling with a fleet of broken buses. Many passengers have complained about hours-long waits at bus stops.

Steve Serkaian  is the city’s communications director.

He says the fire started under a bus in a storage bay.

Serkaian denies reports that the facility’s sprinkler system didn’t work.

"There are a lot of conflicting reports. The systems worked. Unfortunately, a small fire resulted in larger damage and destruction of eight vehicles, all of which are insured. Those vehicles cost out at about $350,000 apiece."

Serkaian also denies reports that access to fire hydrants was a problem.

He says investigators don’t believe it was an arson fire.