PUYALLUP - Puyallup students will start on the first day of school as scheduled despite a recent fire that took out 20 buses from the district's fleet.
There is still no word on the cause of the fire or how much damage took place on the August 24 fire.
Several school districts are now stepping in to help. Fourteen buses from varying school districts have been loaned out to Puyallup and all have been inspected by the Washington State Patrol. Hood Canal, Kent, North Thurston, Northshore, Oak Harbor, Peninsula, Sedro-Woolley, and Snoqualmie Valley school districts are a few of the ones that are loaning buses. This gives Puyallup enough buses to stay on its original routes as well as use some buses for spares.
The district says the routes will remain the same but buses will not be labeled with the Puyallup School District's name. Families impacted should have received emails telling them which bus to use come Tuesday.
The fire also took down the radio communication system but district officials say repairs will be complete by the start of school. Crews are still making repairs to the bus barn itself.
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