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    Angry Halloween Havoc

    Arson suspected as fire destroys seven vehicles

    By Sallie James
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    November 2, 2002

    A Halloween fire set by an arsonist destroyed two Coral Springs mini-buses along with four other mini-buses and a car, causing $500,000 in damage, according to the Hollywood Fire Department.

    The blaze, at a storage yard at 3818 SW 30th Ave. in Hollywood, charred both Coral Springs mini-buses, a 1989 Toyota Camry and four other mini-buses leased by other municipalities, said Matt Phillips, spokesman for the Hollywood Fire Department.

    The blaze, reported at 9:41 p.m. on Thursday, destroyed half the fleet operated by LLS Ground Transportation, Phillips said. The company's six remaining buses were not parked at the storage facility at the time of the fire, he said.

    "These buses were lined up side by side. It was kind of like a domino effect," Phillips said. "It's a mess."

    The specific cause of the fire is being withheld because the blaze is still under investigation. Investigators had no motive for the crime.

    For Coral Springs, which contracts to use the buses, the blaze meant no bus transportation to many city locations until late afternoon, when replacement vans were brought in.

    "It's definitely caused a disruption in service today," said Coral Springs Parks and Recreation Director Rick Engle, who learned of the fire early Friday. "It's pretty bad."

    Coral Springs contracts with Downtown Fort Lauderdale Managements Inc. for its bus service, which in term subcontracts the service to LLS Transportation of Fort Lauderdale. No one from LLS Transportation could be reached Friday.

    According to Phillips, the blaze occurred in a fairly remote industrial area. Firefighters from Hollywood and Dania Beach had the fire extinguished in minutes, he said.

    Engle said he expects confusion among bus riders once the rentals arrive, because the buses that were destroyed were labeled "Coral Springs," and color-coded, with blue for the south route and green for the north route.

    Phillips said Fort Lauderdale also lost buses in the blaze.
    Last edited by Firebug030; 11-02-2002 at 09:44 AM.

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