by Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.
Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, Grand Island Fire Co. firefighters responded to a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Metro bus fire at 2850 Grand Island Blvd. Nineteen passengers made their way to safety and were provided with temporary shelter at the nearby Riverwood Health Care Center, according to GIFC Chief Greg Butcher.
The smoky fire, which involved the rear brake system and engine compartment, was extinguished by fire suppression crews using a 1 3/4-inch attack line with foam from Engine No. 3. GIFC Deputy Chief Kevin Koch estimated total damage to the vehicle at $75,000. Within 15 minutes, a relief bus arrived to pick up the stranded passengers. No injuries were reported.
GIFC units returned to service at 10:23 a.m. and normal traffic patterns were also restored at that time.