Jaguar destroyed in fifth suspicious fire to hit Glenrothes

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A fifth suspicious fire in Glenrothes has heightened fears that a serial arsonist is targeting the town.

Fife crews were called to Douglas Place in the South Parks area of the town around 10.00 p.m. yesterday evening (Wednesday), to tackle a row of five garages which were alight.

The garages in Douglas Place that were set alight

The garages in Douglas Place that were set alight

Three vehicles, including a Jaguar XJS, were destroyed in the blaze.

One neighbour reported two “hooded individuals” seen fleeing the scene around the time of the fire starting.

This latest incident is the fifth such fire to hit the town in ten days, last Monday five vehicles and six garages were destroyed in Sinclair Avenue just yards from this latest incident.

And on Thursday two further vehicles were set alight in Alexander Road, while another car was destroyed in Warout Road on Friday evening.

Officers from Glenrothes CID and fire investigation teams are now assessing this latest incident with police believing the incident may be linked to the previous suspicious fire at a garage in Sinclair Avenue.

Police have confirmed they are looking for two people who may have been around Douglas Place last night. They are around 5ft 8” in height and were wearing dark hooded clothing.

Detective Sergeant Samantha Davidson said: “Due the similarities and proximity of these two incidents, we believe that these two fires are linked.

“We are very eager to trace these two individuals so that they can be brought to justice.”

Glenrothes Station Manager Graham Arnott said: “Deliberate fire setting is an offence and we’re appealing to the public to be vigilant.

“Those who start these fires deliberately are not only wasting time and resources, they must remember it could be someone they know who may be in serious danger elsewhere, but firefighters have been delayed due to their actions.”

Police are appealing for anyone who has any information regarding these incidents to immediately contact Police Scotland on 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.