A large garage fire and explosion in Puyallup Wednesday afternoon caused evacuations and damaged more than two dozen school buses. Parents and students can expect changes for the school year.

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A large garage fire in Puyallup Wednesday afternoon caused evacuations and damaged more than two dozen school buses, which will affect the start of the school year, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze on 12th Street Northwest around 2:30 p.m., closing nearby roads and issuing evacuations due to smoke, Puyallup police reported on Twitter. At that time, explosions came from inside the garage, police said.

More than an hour later, the department said the fire was under control and no injuries were reported.

At least 28 buses were damaged, police said, though the extent of the total damage was not immediately known. It’s also unclear what caused the fire.

Puyallup School District spokesman Brian Fox said all personnel were evacuated from the site, which also houses district food and technology services, The News Tribune reported.

About 70 people were at the site Wednesday afternoon, police said.

“This will impact our plans for the start of the school year,” Fox told the news outlet. The district is scheduled to start on Sept. 6.

Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, which also responded to the fire, tweeted a photo of thick, black smoke coming from the blaze.

According to the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website, the Puyallup School District has 180 active buses.

No further details were immediately available.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Jessica Lee: 206-464-2532 or jlee@seattletimes.com