Police hunt arsonist after fire at Welsh car garage

The police are on the hunt for an arsonist in Wales who set fire to a car at a repair centre which then spread to seven other vehicles.

In total three cars were destroyed at the Gwalia Garage in Caeathro and five others were injured. Detective chief inspector Iestyn Davies said: “We are aware that a specific vehicle was targeted and we have active lines of investigation into the potential motives.”

While this incident was evidently a malicious, targeted attack, fires at car garages are commonplace because of the nature of the flammable materials stored on site. To ensure the value of the vehicles stored on site is covered in case of damage, a business will need to have a motor trade insurance policy in place.

The owner of the northwest Welsh garage Howell Evans told the Daily Post: “One car was set alight and it then spread to the others because of the wind.

“The fire service got here very quickly. Thankfully the fire happened at the compound which was well away from the fuel pumps.”

Police have asked that anyone with any information about the event – which took place in the early hours of Monday morning (8 December) – or who saw anything suspicious come forward.