A total of five shuttle buses in Hollister Industrial Park were destroyed in a fire Friday morning.

In a press release, Western Taney County Assistant Fire Chief James Lannan said at 5:35 a.m., units were dispatched to a large multiple-vehicle fire at Branson Grayline and Branson Shuttle and Tours in Hollister. Upon arrival to the scene, crews discovered five shuttle buses on fire about 15 feet away from a large commercial building.

Lannan said crews deployed their “master stream” which is mounted on the top of the E13 truck.

“A large amount of fire was knocked down until the tank on the truck ran out of water,” Lannan said in the press release. “Within a minute of running out of water on the truck, the hydrant supply line was charged and crews once again used the master stream and handline’s to bring the fire under control. The fire was under control within ten minutes. The use of the large volume of water from the master stream kept the fire contained.”

The State Fire Marshall’s Office was called in to investigate the fire. While the fire is still under investigation, the fire is believed to have started in the engine compartment of one of the shuttles. No foul play is suspected, according to the press release.

The building and utility boxes in the yard of the building experiences some very minor damage. No one was with the buses or inside the building at the time of the call and no injuries are being reported, the press release stated.

During the call, Lannan said an un-attentive driver ran over one of the crews attack lines. Mutual aid was also provided by the College of the Ozarks Point Lookout Fire Department. 

Between the six Western Taney County Firefighters and the four C of O firefighters that responded to the call, Lannan said in the press release that those firefighters added up to be less than a third of the volunteers needed to take on a commercial structure fire.

Lannan added they are always looking for new volunteers and encourage anyone interested to contact the department at 417-334-5813.

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