Breaking: Two-alarm fire destroys Roanoke museum


WE’RE FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS… AS FIRE CREWS WORK OVERNIGHT TO BATTLE A TWO ALARM FIRE AT A MUSEUM IN ROANOKE. CREWS ARE STILL AT THE COMMONWEALTH COACH AND TROLLEY MUSEUM, WHICH IS JUST OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN ROANOKE AT THE CORNER OF CAMPBELL AVENUE AND 18TH STREET SOUTHWEST. THAT’S WHERE 10 NEWS REPORTER ERIN BROOKSHIER JOINS US LIVE. ERIN– WHAT’S THE LATEST? # FIREFIGHTERS TELL US THE FIRST CALL CAME IN AT AROUND MIDNIGHT… THIS AREA OF CAMPBELL AVENUE HAS BEEN BLOCKED OFF TO TRAFFIC OVERNIGHT ALL BUSSES INSIDE WERE DESTROYED AS WELL AS SOME ON THE OUTSIDE THE FIRE WAS FIRST CALLED IN JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY. INVESTIGATORS ON SCENE SAY THE FIRE HAPPENED IN A GARAGE THAT HOUSES SOME OF THE OLD BUSSES. THE BUILDING IS CONSIDERED A COMPLETE LOSS AS WELL AS THE BUSSES THAT WERE BEING STORED INSIDE. FLAMES COULD BE SEEN COMING OUT OF THE TOP OF THE BRICK BUILDING. BRICK BUILDING. IT WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED, FIRE THROUGH THE ROOF. THE FIRE QUICKLY SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING AND WE STARTED HAVING PARTIAL ROOF COLLAPSE. AT THAT POINT, WE WENT TOTALLY DEFENSIVE. STILL A LOT OF WORK LEFT TO BE DONE AS THEY’RE WORKING TO PUT OUT HOTSPOTS AND BEGIN CLEANUP AT THIS POINT, THERE’S NO WORD ON EXACT DAMAGE ESTIMATES. INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO WORKING TO DETERMINE WHAT SPARKED THE FIRE. BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF BUSSES– THEY HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED TO COMPREHEND THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE THE MUSEUM WAS FIRST FORMED IN 1999 WHEN THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION DECIDED TO DE- ACCESS ITS FLEET OF TRANSIT COACHES WHICH HAD BEEN COLLECTED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. BUSSES AND SHUTTLES THROUGH THE MUSEUM ARE USED FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PUBLIC EVENTS. EXAMPLES INCLUDE SHUTTLES FOR VIRGINIA’S EXPLORE PARK, CENTER IN THE SQUARE, THE RESCUE MISSION AND THE NATIONAL D DAY MEMORIAL. THE SHUTTLES CARRY BETWEEN 6,000 TO 7,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR.

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