Four cars destroyed in suspected arson attack at Newport garage

Police have had to cordon off a large area in Newport after a fire broke out at a local car garage.

Four cars and a van were destroyed by a blaze in the car park of Hillcroft Garage on Chepstow Road at around 9pm on Wednesday (27 May). A fire service spokeswoman said the fire is believed to have been started deliberately in nearby trees so it would then “spread rapidly” to the cars stored at the car repair centre.

Car garages are always at risk of fire damage because of the equipment and flammable substances that are usually stored on site. This is why it is important these business obtain a motor trade insurance policy that will offer financial cover for the tools, spare parts and cars stored on site, as well as the premises itself.

A South Wales Police spokesman said: “Garage premises are always a concern due to the equipment used there.”

However, he said that in this case it appeared to be “a deliberate ignition to something either at the premises or a nearby property”, the South Wales Argus reported.

He added that police put up a cordon of 200m as it was a “large blaze” and there were fears that there were canisters in there at the time.

Police are now checking CCTV footage to see if they can find how the fire was started and who by.