Fire destroys 7 Chester Co. school buses

The school bus fires have been ruled as arson
February 22, 2009 6:59:46 PM PST
Chester County authorities are investigating an overnight fire that destroyed seven school buses at the North Brandywine Middle School in West Brandywine Township. According to ATF spokesman John Hegeman, no arrests have been made.

Coatesville spokesperson Kristen Geiger says school will be held Monday morning as scheduled.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m. firefighters were called out to the school, located in the 200 block of Receville Road, where they discovered the buses on fire and quickly went to work battling the flames.

West Brandywine is approximately two miles north of the city of Coatesville. The Chester County Arson Task Force, which has been investigating the string of arsons in the Coatesville area, was quickly able to determine that the bus fires were deliberately set.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with at least 10 of those Coatesville fires.

No injuries were reported during the blaze. Damage done to the buses is estimated at $400,000.

A reward is being offered for up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual (s) responsible for the arsons in Coatesville, Pa.

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