Lee school bus fire investigation closes in on cause
FOX 4 Staff
FORT MYERS, Fla. - An investigation into a fire which destroyed four Lee County School District buses has determined a cause. The bus maker, Navistar, along with the district's arson investigation team and the local fire inspector believe the fire was electrical in nature.
The source of the fire has been narrowed down to a three foot area between the starter motor and the battery.
The district owns 250 of these buses and mechanics are inspecting each bus to ensure they are safe.
This is the first of this type of bus model made by IC Corporation, a division of Navistar, to have ever caught fire for an electrical reason.
The investigation is continuing to pinpoint the spot where the fire started in the electrical system.
The buses caught fire early Sunday morning on May 12th. It happened in a bus lot near the Buckingham Exceptional Student Center off Buckingham Road.
The fires did about $400,000 in damage.