classic car gutted in arson attack on Highbridge garage
Staff at a vehicle repair centre in the centre of Highbridge
have been counting the cost of a deliberate fire which damaged
four cars on Friday night (February 26th).
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, two fire crews and a team of police officers
from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to CJK Vehicle Repairs in Kings Street
at 8.41pm after a car was set alight by arsonists.
classic 1964 Rover P5 saloon was badly damaged in the fire, which
quickly spread and left three other modern vehicles with heat
damage. See video here.
garage's Chris Kerton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're all
gutted that this happened - it's mindless vandalism."
added: "The Rover was in perfect working condition, but now
the insides have been completely burned out and the roof has been
was a miracle the fuel tanks didn't ignite and explode, causing
even more damage."
Roger Tolley of Burnham Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday
morning that a probe into the incident was ongoing.
said: "Our investigation is continuing into this suspected
case of arson."
forensics team have been gathering evidence and inquiries are
also underway regarding the sighting of several youngsters in
the area at the time of the fire."
local resident told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday night that a
group of youths had been seen in the area just minutes before
photo (top) shows the repair centre's Ben Griffiths surveying
the damage on Saturday morning and, above, fire crews at the scene
on Friday night
video of fire crews at the scene
photos: Fire crews battle arson blaze at Highbridge garage