WCS Recovering From School Bus Garage Fire

Warsaw Community Schools is recovering from a school bus garage fire that occurred Jan. 7.
During a telephone interview Tuesday morning, Mike Wilson, Warsaw-Wayne Township fire chief, said there was $3 million in damage and the cause of the fire is still unknown at this point.
“It will be months before we know the cause of the fire,” Wilson said.
The school is working with multiple insurance agencies.
In the first week in February state fire investigators will visit the school and there may be more information released the second or third week of February, Wilson said.
Cheryl Cook, Warsaw Community Schools transportation director, said the structure will need to be rebuilt, but there is no time frame at this point.
“Indiana Vac Form across from Warsaw Community Schools is allowing us to use one of their bus bays for mechanics to do repairs on our buses and there will be temporary office space for the mechanics,” Cook said.“It will probably be a six to nine month process before the new bus garage is built.”
Cook said there were five buses, tools and a shop truck damaged in the fire.
She said the school has spare buses and borrowed a bus from Wawasee Schools to transport special needs students.
“We lost two of our special needs buses and they are the ones with the lifts so we borrowed Wawasee’s bus until we can get everything fixed up,” Cook said.

(Story By The Times Union)