Fire destroys 2 Mercy Transportation vans

  • Thu Nov 11th, 2010 7:28pm
  • News

Herald staff

EVERETT — A fire destroyed two vans at Mercy Transportation in the 6300 block of Evergreen Way early Thursday morning.

Fire crews found one van in flames and another catching fire just before 2:30 a.m., said Rick Robinson, fire marshal for the Everett Fire Department. They put out the fire in about five minutes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Robinson said.

Elene Miller is operations supervisor at the company. She said the vans were Ford E-250 commercial models that were only three or four years old. She said two more vans at the company had cut fuel lines, and one van had a disabled fuel line bracket.

She estimated the fire caused about $50,000 in damage.

Everett police detectives were at the scene Thursday morning, she said.

“We don’t know what happened,” she said. “The vans were totaled.”

The Everett-based company was working to get replacement vans as soon as possible, Miller said. Mercy Transportation serves about 150 people in Western Washington, many of whom have disabilities and need help getting around. They have been in business about 10 years.