Boys and Girls Clubs seeking donations after bus set on fire

A fire burned and destroyed this bus from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. (KXAN Photo/KXAN News)
A fire burned and destroyed this bus from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. (KXAN Photo/KXAN News)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A fire burned and destroyed the biggest bus for the area’s Boys and Girls Clubs this weekend.

Club leaders said investigators believe someone intentionally set the fire, but did not have more details Monday.

“We’re picking up a hundred kids a day just to come to [the East Austin Club] from nearby schools,” said Mark Kiester, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. “So we’re going to have to figure out a way to replace this bus very, very quickly, or alternate transportation.”

The bus could carry 44 passengers. It was also the Boys and Girls Clubs’ main transportation for field trips, Kiester said.

“This bus is old. It’s been around a long time, but we’ve taken very, very good care of it for a long time,” said Kiester.

The Boys and Girls Clubs are filing an insurance claim and seeking help from local foundations. Kiester is also asking for community donations.

“Even a used bus is going to cost us $30,000 to $40,000, a new one more like $50,000 to $70,000,” said Kiester.