Car destroyed in dealership blaze

A BMW showroom was filled with smoke and one vehicle was destroyed after a blaze on New Year’s Day at a dealership in Portsmouth.

The fire at Snows BMW in the city is believed to have started just before 10pm in the workshop attached to the showroom. When firecrews arrived, the vehicle was ablaze and the building was full of smoke.

Flammable substances stored in garages and workshops mean it is essential that you have a good motor trade insurance policy. Your insurance should be sufficient to cover damage to your premises, your equipment and of course, any customers’ property and vehicles on your site. It’s something you should keep a regular check on, as you add new equipment or tools to your business, or expand the number of vehicles you have for sale, to make sure you are properly covered.

In the case of the Portsmouth BMW fire, the blaze is not believed to be suspicious, although firecrews are still investigating what could have sparked the fire.

They were at the site on Eastern Road for more than three hours until the fire was brought under control. The firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to the adjoining showroom. The dealership has BMWs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds on display but they were not affected by the fire.

Adam Mosely, crew manager from Southsea, one of two crews to attend the incident, said that the burning car was “completely destroyed”.

He told the Portsmouth News: “The whole building, including the showroom, was smoke-logged as a result of the fire.”

Snows BMW in Portsmouth is part of the larger Snows Group, which employs more than 300 people at dealerships spread across Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. The group sells Volvos, Kia, Lexus, Mini, Seat and Toyota vehicles in addition to BMWs.