Suspected arson destroys two vehicles in one night
TWO vehicles were destroyed by fire last week in Shepton Mallet and Castle Cary in suspected arson attacks.
Firefighters were deployed from Shepton Mallet just after midnight on Thursday following several calls from members of the public reporting a car on fire in the car park of the old vets building in Montague Gardens, off Woodcock Street, Castle Cary.
The crew extinguished the fire, believed to have been started deliberately, using one hose reel jet and one compressed air foam jet.
Inspector Mark Nicholson said: "It was a Peugeot 306 with a local keeper.
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"Someone thinks they heard someone tampering with the vehicle then heading off. A glove was located smelling of fuel about 15 feet from the car."
Just 30 minutes after Castle Cary reports, firefighters were called by members of the public reporting a van on fire in the car park of Total Plumbing Supplies on Station Road, Shepton Mallet.
The fire spread to the commercial building and two fire appliances from Shepton were mobilised.
Crews quickly extinguished both the van, which was totally destroyed by the fire, and a 10m section of the building using one hose jet reel and one main jet.
Firefighters initially confirmed the cause as accidental, however after watching CCTV police have said they are treating the incident as arson.
Mr Nicholson said: "On the CCTV it appears a male may have started the fire."
Any information about either of these incidents can be left by calling police on 101.
Russell Monks, of Total Plumbing Supplies, said: "The lads were called out last night because someone had set our van on fire and some of the building was on fire.
"I came in this morning and the van, it's just the shell left, and some of the building is gone.
"We are a very small, independent company and it's a bit shocking. We haven't done anything to upset anyone. It's just a shock. It's the only van here so our deliveries and customers have had to be cancelled.
"The van was parked by the warehouse doors so the van's caught alight, luckily the warehouse has steel doors but the roof has perished. It looks like the van's handbrake has burnt out and it's rolled into the middle of the car park."