Twenty cars have been destroyed in a massive fire at a family-owned garage in Hampshire.
The blaze at Williams Garage in Otterbourne wrecked the garage, workshops and offices at the business and took 50 firefighters three hours to bring under control. They had to remove propane tanks from the site amid fears they would explode because of the heat.
Although a fire of this magnitude is rare, it’s important that businesses in the automotive sector have up to date motor trade insurance that covers them adequately for damage caused by fire. This should include business interruption cover, which will provide financial support while a dealership is closed and repair work is carried out.
The fire at Williams broke out in the early hours of the morning and an investigation has started into its cause. It’s believed the blaze started in a corner of the main building.
The flames wrecked the 32m x 15m building which housed cars and the business’ workshop and office. Firefighters were able to stop the flames spreading to an old filling station and domestic garages at the back of the site.
The scale of the fire meant that crews from across the area were called to attend. Firefighters from Eastleigh, Winchester, St Mary’s and Redbridge were all involved in tackling the blaze.
They said that 80 per cent of the main garage building was destroyed in the incident, along with a unit behind it. The main roof collapsed in the fire, which destroyed around 20 vehicles inside the garage.
No one was on site at the time and there were no injuries.