School Buses Erupt in Flames in Toms River

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Toms River-Police here said they are investigating an overnight blaze that occurred at a school bus parking lot that damaged two school buses.

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On May 26th at 2:40 am a fire was located to the rear of 2301 Industrial way.  Toms River Police Officer John Minor was on patrol along Route 37 when he observed a smoke condition on the South side of the highway.  He conducted a search of the area and located the source of the smoke.  Officer Minor came upon several vehicles engulfed in flames.  Toms River Fire Companies #1 and #2 responded and ultimately extinguished the multiple fires.  Two Chevrolet buses and one Ford bus suffered extensive damage.  Minor secondary exposure damage was done to a Ford F150 pickup. The vehicles are owned by the Toms River School District and they were within the transportation storage area at the time of the incident.  Officers are still on the scene and the cause of the fires remains under investigation.  The police department worked overnight with School Superintendent David Healy and his staff to ensure that no morning bus routes were negatively affected.

The cooperative investigation is being conducted by Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention Inspector Kevin Britton, Toms River Police Detective Mark Bajada, Ocean County Prosecutors Arson Detective John Doran, and Ocean County Sheriffs C.I.U. Officer Jillian Menke.

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