A short circuit has been blamed for a fire that destroyed 15 vehicles in a bus terminal early yesterday morning in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas.
Civil Protection authorities said they received a call about the fire at 4:40am but it had spread quickly by the time they arrived and completely destroyed 15 transit vans and damaged several other vehicles.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinters served commuters between Chiapa de Corzo, a city of about 90,000 in west central Chiapas, and the state capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
Early rumors that remains of explosives had been found in the terminal parking area, and that the fire had been intentional, were squashed by investigators who found no such evidence.
What they did find were indications of a short circuit, although no further details were provided. No one was hurt in the blaze.
It was the second fire in less than a month in which transit vehicles were burned. Forty-seven buses were destroyed in a fire in a bus parking lot in Villahermosa, Tabasco, November 11, affecting more than 16,000 daily commuters.
A short circuit was initially suspected in that fire as well, but authorities have since rejected that theory and now suspect it may have been intentionally set after “semi-combustible” material was found near the bus where the fire started.
Local media have reported that the owners of Sistema de Transporte Transbús are going to be summoned to make a statement.