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NEWCASTLE - The school districts in Casper and Gillette are loaning spare school buses to the district in Newcastle, which lost all nine of its buses in a fire.

The state fire marshal has investigated and is preparing a report on the fire at the district's bus facility late Friday and early Saturday. The fire also destroyed three Suburbans.

Newcastle Fire Chief Don Munger said the fire apparently started in the bus facility's boiler room, where some combustible materials were stored.

Firefighters fought the fire until 6 a.m. Saturday.

"It was a big building. It was fully involved when we got the call. When we arrived on the scene, it was completely burning from one end of the bus barn to the other," Munger said.

The facility dated to the late 1940s. Munger said the state fire marshal hadn't determined the exact cause.

Schools Superintendent Brad LaCroix said the fire caused $8 million to $10 million in damage.

"As long as we lost no life, we were very fortunate, as hot as that thing was," LaCroix said. "It was quite a display."

LaCroix said about nine other buses weren't damaged because they were parked outside.

Mayor Ed Wagoner said it was the largest fire in Newcastle in several years. A fire destroyed several buildings downtown in 1998.

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