Mini School Buses Catch Fire in Stillwell Avenue Storage Yard

Bronx Times - September 09, 2019

by Steven Goodstein

It was a blazing scene in Morris Park when a dozen school buses caught fire overnight on the morning of Friday, August 23.

The FDNY received a call around at about 1:09 a.m. for a mini school bus that was on fire at Logan Bus Company’s bus storage lot at 1616 Stillwell Avenue, just two weeks before school came back into session.

The single bus that became engulfed quickly spread to other mini school buses in the fleet of roughly 150 yellow vehicles.

Although the harrowing blaze only took the FDNY over an hour to douse, New York’s Bravest sent out a dozen units with a total of 60 firefighters to battle the flames.

The bus storage yard sits in a mostly industrial area so the overnight blaze resulted in no residential injures according to the FDNY.

Although mischief was initially suspected in the case of the fire, the FDNY later concluded that the cause of the fire was the result of an electrical issue rather than arson.

The fire department came to that conclusion after fire marshals reviewed surveillance tapes.

Logan Bus Company, Inc., which has two other bus yards in Hunts Point and Castle Hill, did not return request to comment on the incident or the cause of the accidental fire.

Logan owns and maintains a fleet of over 2,000 buses and mini-wagons.