21 vehicles destroyed by fire at Kev’s of Bromgsrove depot

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All but one of Worcestershire-based Kev’s of Bromsgrove’s bus fleet was destroyed by fire at its operating centre on the night of Friday 11 March, with early indications from CCTV footage at the depot suggesting that the cause of the fire was an electrical fault.

A statement issued by the company on 12 March read: “Yesterday evening Kev’s Cars and Coaches, a local coach and bus company founded in 1975, suffered a catastrophic fire in the depot situated in Lydiate Ash, Bromsgrove. 21 vehicles, including all but one of the buses, were lost. Thanks to the generosity of other local operators the company hopes to have full bus services restored mid next week. Coach services used mainly to transport schoolchildren in the Redditch and Bromsgrove areas on behalf of Worcester CC will operate as normal from Monday 14 March.”

“Wendy and Kevin Nind, owners and directors of the company, and all Kev’s staff would like to thank everyone for their support and kindness during this difficult time.”

70 firefighters from across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands attended the fire and managed to stop the fire from reaching the depot building.

Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue said an investigation to determine origin and cause and to support the business to recover from the devastating fire took place on 12 March. HWFR