'Mass of orange flames': Devastating blaze at bus firm wipes out all but one of its vehicles

·Freelance news writer, Yahoo UK
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The huge fire at Kev’s Cars and Coaches in Bromsgrove. (SWNS)
The huge fire at Kev’s Cars and Coaches in Bromsgrove. (SWNS)

Dramatic images show a huge fire at a coach company as a catastrophic blaze destroyed all but one of its buses.

More than 70 firefighters from two fire brigades had to attend to control the blaze after it broke out on Friday night.

The fire started at Kev’s Cars and Coaches in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, with the company losing 21 vehicles in the devastating fire.

It is believed an electrical fault in one of the vehicles started the fire, before it spread through the family firm’s tightly parked coaches.

The fire destroyed 21 of the company's 22 buses. (SWNS)
The fire destroyed 21 of the company's 22 buses. (SWNS)

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service said on Saturday an investigation to determine "origin and cause" is ongoing.

Kevin Nind, co-owner of the company which was started by his father in 1975, had to stand back and watch as fire crews tackled the blaze at his depot.

The 59-year-old said: "I'm devastated. We have put a lot of hard work into the firm, but we'll bounce back.

"All of our workforce came in this morning. I can't praise them enough, they have been brilliant.

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"The firefighters did a remarkable job stopping the fire spreading to the building.

"I got a call from the landlord around 8pm and when I arrived it was a mass of orange flames.

"It was roaring, I just couldn't believe it. It almost seems worse today looking at all the damage."

Nind said the firm's 45 staff will be unaffected, and it will pay drivers their full wages.

"We're a small firm and we can pull together. Our priority is to get services back," he said.

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