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Wichita bus fire still under investigation

Wichita bus fire still under investigation

Wichita bus fire still under investigation

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Wichita Transit officials said Thursday that investigators are still looking into the cause of a May 17th fire that destroyed an electric-powered bus.

The fire broke out at a Wichita Transit facility in the 700 block of East Waterman.  A bus caught fire in a maintenance area, and the fire spread to the lithium ion batteries in the bus. It took over an hour to get the fire out. Several other buses had smoke damage.

Wichita Transit spokesman Nate Hinkel told reporters that staff met with officials from the bus manufacturer on Wednesday to talk about the fire and the response.  He said the manufacturer was pleased with the way that fire crews handled the situation.   The damaged bus has been sent back to the manufacturer for study.

Hinkel said there are six other electric buses operating in Wichita, and there have been no problems or issues.

 

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