Two injured in Durham School Services fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Two injured in Durham School Services fire

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Memphis firefighters responded to a fire at a Durham School Services bus depot.

First responders saw fire coming from the second floor of the building in the 1600 block of Getwell Road.

Two people were injured in the fire, according to fire investigators. They were taken in an ambulance, but released with minor injuries.

The fire did extensive damage to two buses, as well as to the building.

Durham School Services is the company contracted to drive buses for Shelby County Schools and for the county's municipal school districts.

The fire broke out around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“The next thing we know, we heard boom-boom, and that’s when I went outside. Everybody went outside,” said Linda Sherrod of the cleaning crew.

Sherrod helps clean up at the bus barn building. She said it was crowded with drivers and other workers when someone yelled there was a fire.

An army of firefighters arrived at the scene and encountered a mass of smoke and flames around the building.

“The building, the actual structure was on fire,” said Wayne Cooke of the Memphis Fire Department. “There is substantial structural damage. There were two buses on the inside that were damaged as well.”

No firefighters were injured.

Durham employees were not allowed to talk to the media, but many people who live in the neighborhood were stunned.

“I was at home watching the news and I saw that my friend […] her place of business, employment was in flames,” said neighbor Kimberly Jackson.

Cooke said the cause of the fire was accidental after gasoline was ignited while workers were transferring fuel from one container to another.

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