Police step up enquires after two further Glenrothes car fires

Five vehicles destroyed in Sinclair Avenue incident earlier this week. (Pic: Steve Brown).
Five vehicles destroyed in Sinclair Avenue incident earlier this week. (Pic: Steve Brown).

Police in Glenrothes are investigating two further suspicious car fires in the town, just days after a blaze swept through a row of garages in Sinclair Avenue, South Parks destroying five vehicles and causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage.

Both cars were targeted in the Alexander Road area in the early hours of this morning, (Thursday, October 30).

Fire crews from Glenrothes fire station were called to the area and managed to control the fires before they were able to spread to nearby houses.

Detective Sergeant Samantha Davidson, who is leading the enquiry, said: “Although I have no information linking both incidents, they are similar in many respects, it appears that there was an attempt to steal one of the cars in Alexander Road, before it was set on fire.

“The second car was totally destroyed and I am unable to say whether an attempt had been made to steal that car before it was set on fire.

“What is clear, however, is that those responsible have total disregard to the safety of the occupants of nearby houses and had it not been for the prompt response of the Fire services, it is entirely possible that the fires may have spread to nearby properties.”

Police are working with fire investigators on all three incidents to determine whether any accelerants had been used to start the fires, or if those responsible were trying to steal the cars and set them alight, after failing in their attempts.

Community Inspector Derek Paxton added: “High-visibility patrols are being deployed in the area and an increased presence will be maintained until this situation is resolved.

“I would urge members of the public to be vigilant about the security of their vehicles and ensure any valuables are removed. Anyone with any information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or supply the information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”