Vehicles destroyed in suspicious fire in Glenrothes

Garage fire in Sinclair Avenue, Glenrothes
Garage fire in Sinclair Avenue, Glenrothes
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Residents had a narrow escape when a fire ripped through a block of garages completely gutting the building and destroying five vehicles.

Two fire appliances from Glenrothes fire station were called to the blaze in Sinclair Avenue, South Parks at 12.30 a.m. on Monday morning (October 27) 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.

With the cost of the damage estimated to be in six figures, Detective Sergeant Samantha Davidson, who is leading the enquiry, described the fire as “serious and suspicious”and has issued an appeal for anyone who witnessed the blaze or was in the area around the time of the fire to contact them.

She added: “A team of officers from both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, and I am appealing to anyone who may have information to assist the on-going enquiry to contact us.

“In particular, officers are looking to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time of the fire as well as the owner of a small hatchback vehicle which was seen to leave the area around the time.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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.