dozens of scrap cars went up in flames in a mystery arson attack at a Doncaster dismantling yard yesterday.
The owners of the premises between Conisbrough and Warmsworth are at a loss as to understand why anyone should want to set fire to worthless vehicles.
Fire crews from three stations spent almost three hours tackling the blaze at the former Greenhalgh’s premises on Doncaster Road, near the water tower.
The alarm was raised just before 2.40am yesterday and Edlington firefighters were first on the scene to discover stacks of about 50 old cars were ablaze.
Reinforcements from Maltby and Doncaster stations arrived, along with a support unit, as the crews fought to prevent the fire spreading to buildings in the fenced compound.
Because the scrap cars had been stacked near the boundary fence, they were too far away to spread to buildings.
Amazingly, a caravan parked next to them escaped unscathed. It was not occupied.
The cause of the fire has been put down as deliberate by investigating fire officers.
The yard is now part of the Motorhog dismantling and recycling group, also known as Doncaster Motor Spares, and a spokesman on site said all the vehicles had been de-polluted and stripped of all parts prior to the incident.
“The first we knew was when the boss got a call about the fire and we’ve been sent down today to clean up,” he said.
“The fire will not cause us any financial loss because these cars were waiting to go in the crusher anyway and that is what will happen to them now.
“We don’t know how the arsonists have got in - we can’t see any holes in the fence which has got spikes on the top. But if they want to get in they will do. It’s just an inconvenience, you can’t see the point of it at all. We should be grateful they didn’t go for the buildings.”
A spokesman for Doncaster police said: “At this stage police are treating this as suspicious and are keen to hear from anybody who may have information about who started the fire.
“Anybody with information should contact the police on 0114 220 2020 and they should quote incident number 107 of July 5.”
n Fire crews were also called to Bridge Street, Thorne, on Monday night when a clothes recycling bank container caught fire, believed to be by accident.