Hunt for two men after five vehicles destroyed in fire

Garage fire in Sinclair Avenue, Glenrothes
Garage fire in Sinclair Avenue, Glenrothes
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Police in Fife have released the description of two men they want to speak to in connection with a fire in Glenrothes on Monday morning which caused in excess of £100,000 worth of damage.

Two fire appliances from Glenrothes fire station were called to the blaze in Sinclair Avenue, South Parks at 12.30 a.m. after neighbours reported seeing flames coming from the residential garages.

It took nine fire personnel around an hour to bring the blaze under control, all six garages in the block and five vehicles that had been parked in the inside were completely destroyed in the incident.

Detective Sergeant Samantha Davidson,leading the enquiry, described the fire as “serious and suspicious”.

The men are both in their late teens or early twenties. The first man is 5’8” - 5’10” wearing dark coloured clothing and a beanie style hat, the second is described as slightly shorter in height 5’6”, wearing a waist length dark jacket, also wearing a beanie hat.

“We have had a good response from members of the public, who have reported seeing two men running from the garage site, prior to the arrival of the fire service,” said DS Davidson.

“It appears that around the same time, a small red hatchback car was seen parked on South Parks Road, near its junction with Bilsland Road, the car was sitting unattended with its hazard lights illuminated.

“I do not believe this car is connected with the fire, however the owner may have witnessed the men running from the area and I would be keen to speak to the driver.

“We have also had reports of two females voices being heard in the area of the garage site prior to the fire being discovered, again I would be keen to speak with these women in order to eliminate them from our enquiries.”

It’s the second such incident in Glenrothes in recent months and follows a summer of fire-setting problems in the town.

In July a row of garages in Alexander Road, Auchmuty were gutted and a substantial amount of furniture stock belonging to Auchmuty Tenants Association was destroyed.

A local man was later charged in relation with the Auchmuty offence.