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4 South Jersey Schools Close After Buses Burn

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(Eleven school buses were set on fire Burlington County the morning of May 19, 2011. Photo by Mike DeNardo)

(Eleven school buses were set on fire Burlington County the morning of May 19, 2011. Photo by Mike DeNardo)

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BORDENTOWN, NJ (CBS) – Four schools in Burlington County were closed for the day after several school buses were destroyed by a “suspicious” fire early Thursday morning.

The school district announced late Thursday afternoon that all the affected schools would be OPEN on Friday.

Firefighters were called shortly after 3:30 a.m. Thursday for a report of a fire at 50 Dunns Mill Road in Bordentown, NJ.

Eleven buses — three full-size and eight van-size —  were destroyed, and as a result four schools were closed for the day and one school was opening two hours late.

“I saw the vehicles, and they’re gutted. They’re destroyed down to the framing,” said schools superintendent Dr. Constance Bauer.  “It’s a very devastating loss for the school system,” she said.

Arson investigators were reviewing surveillance video and examining the wreckage of the buses, to try to determine a cause.

The following schools were closed for the day:

- Clara Barton Elementary School
MacFarland Intermediate School
Peter Muschal Elementary School
Bordentown Regional Middle School

Bordentown Regional High School opened on a two-hour delay with no transportation. All high school staff, administrative staff and supervisors are to report in district.  For more information, visit: http://www.bordentown.k12.nj.us/news.cfm?story=23295&school=0

Reported By Steve Beck, CBSPhilly.com and Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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