Large fire at DDOT terminal destroys 7 buses

Posted at 2:13 AM, Jan 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-13 18:43:03-05

Crews are battling hot spots from a large fire at a DDOT bus terminal on Detroit's east side. It's located at Shoemaker and St. Jean. 

According to DDOT, the fire started in the engine of a parked bus. The garage inside was filled with 20 buses, and DDOT said they only lost 7 buses because workers began moving them to save them.

Statement from DDOT Director Dan Dirks: 

There was a fire early this morning at around 1:30am at the DDOT Shoemaker Terminal on St. Jean Street on the City's Eastside. At this time we believe that fewer than 10 buses have been affected. 

While the cause of the fire is under investigation, all routes will be covered but some may experience delays. Our normal daily pullout is approximately 200 buses for the morning peak rush-hour which begins roughly around 6am. More than half of those buses come from our Gilbert terminal.

The complete list of affected routes will be provided later this morning. Passengers can view real time route information by downloading the DDOT bus app or they can use Text-My-Bus by texting their nearest location or intersection to 50464 to find out what time their bus will arrive at any designated stop. Our Customer Service Department can be reached at313-933-1300 starting at 5:30am this morning.

For updates on routes, check out the DDOT Bus app here. 

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