Several residents of the area reported hearing explosions as the buses caught fire, and smoke from the fire could be seen from all over the Tel Aviv area.
The flames were successfully extinguished by 26 firefighter crews with 46 firefighters from across central Israel just after 6pm.
Firefighters on the scene said that the possibility of arson was being investigated.
As the fire was still burning, Dan company spokesman Eitan Foxman, said, “As of now we are trying to block the fire from spreading to additional buses, and a gas station which is located inside the compound. Multiple fire crews are intensely working at putting out the flames.”
He continued to state that, “Our initial information points to about 20 damaged buses as a result of the fire, but we will only know once it’s out. Usually there are hundreds of buses on the lot. It’s still early to speak to the cause of the fire.”
The parking lot was not manned at the time and no injuries were reported. As a result of the fire, Shitrit Street, Abba Hillel Street and Sheshet Hayamim Boulevard were closed to traffic until the flames were extinguished
Fire crews battled the fires using a crane spraying system and bus drivers rushed to remove additional buses from the lot before they caught fire.