Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum destroyed by fire

Published: Nov. 1, 2017 at 12:44 AM EDT
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Commonwealth Coach and Trolley is a total loss from a fire that started Tuesday night, according to the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

They believe about 15 buses have been destroyed, which is about half of their collection. All but three of their historic restored coaches are destroyed. The buses did not have insurance.

A massive collection of tools and parts used to maintain the fleet were destroyed in the fire as well. Also, exterior and interior signs, as well as other items were destroyed.

Crews are currently moving buses that were not heavily damaged off the property to make room for cleanup. The walls will need to be knocked down in order to investigate.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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A Roanoke City fire is contained at the Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum on the corner of Campbell Avenue and 18th Street.

It took nearly 40 people to contain the fire.

Firefighters are monitoring hot spots and can't enter the building until later today.

Beams have melted in the building making it too dangerous to enter.

Many buses have been destroyed inside the museum including a 1950's Marine bus from Camp Leguen.

This building is part of the Virginia Museum of Transpiration and it houses buses and trollies.

Officials do not believe anyone was injured from the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


The fire is contained at the scene. Damage is contained to one building.

No injuries to report.

Firefighters will remain on the scene to deal with hot spots throughout the morning. An investigation on the cause of the fire will begin after sunrise.


Fire crews are dealing with a burning building at The Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum on 18th Street and Campbell Avenue.

The call first went out at midnight Wednesday.

Roanoke Fire & EMS are calling it a 2nd Alarm fire

Backup was called in from around the area. People living nearby were evacuated on the other side of the train tracks nearby.

So far no injuries have been reported. The cause is under investigation

This is an ongoing story. Stay with WDBJ7 for more updates.