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    Fire rips through Providence school bus yard, damaging at least seven vehicles

    A fire ripped through several school buses in a Providence lot Thursday night, rendering five of the vehicles total losses and badly damaging two others, according to one official.

    Providence Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Jutras said crews responded to a First Student Charter bus yard at 3 Ricom Way, located in a commercial district near Route 10 and train tracks, shortly after 7:30 p.m.

    Upon arrival, at least one bus in a yard that was filled with scores of the vehicles was in flames, said Jutras.

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    Jutras said 500 gallons of water from an engine’s tank were used within two minutes before crews used extinguishers on the blaze. There was a limited number of hydrants in the area, he said, and firefighters had to run about 900 feet of hose to battle the fire, he said.

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    The firefighters took about 20 minutes to knock the blaze down, but by that time, it had gutted five buses and badly damaged two more, he said.

    The cause is under investigation. About 30 firefighters responded to the blaze and one suffered what Jutras described as a minor injury. Jutras did not know the monetary damage caused by the fire.

    Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.