Tyre fire could be arson

ARSONISTS were today believed to be behind a fire which destroyed 500 tyres at a company in Felixstowe.The scrap tyres were stacked in a brick-walled compound at Trinity Tyres, just off Langer Road.

ARSONISTS were today believed to be behind a fire which destroyed 500 tyres at a company in Felixstowe.

The scrap tyres were stacked in a brick-walled compound at Trinity Tyres, just off Langer Road.

Police officers on patrol in Langer Road saw smoke coming from the site and went to investigate.

They called the fire service and two crews from the town fire station were sent to the premises - one of a number of business units between Langer Service Station and the park - about 11.45pm yesterday.

They found the tyres, stored in an area measuring five metres by five metres, well alight.

The crews spent one hour tackling the blaze and returned to the scene this morning to try to determine the cause.

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A police spokeswoman said the official cause was still not known but the fire was being treated as suspicious. Officers had searched the area and the force helicopter was also sent to help.

There are a block of flats just a few metres from the industrial units but neither the homes or business premises suffered any damage.

The compound's walls were blackened by the fire and fencing at the back destroyed.

A spokesman for Trinity Tyres said about 500 scrap tyres had been lost in the incident.

He said: “We don't know the cause yet and are still waiting to hear. It could have been set alight deliberately but there were also a lot of fireworks going off around the park last night.”

The business was unaffected and was open to customers as usual.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area and saw suspicious activity around the industrial estate or people leaving the area in a hurry to get in touch with Pc Guy Woodward on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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