Police say a blaze which caused at least £100,000 damage to a Lockwood auto business is being treated as a “potential arson.”
Four classic Land Rovers were gutted as flames ripped through the Land Rover Centre in Lockwood on Monday.
The restored 4x4 vehicles, each worth around £20,000, were destroyed and two others were badly damaged.
The heat was so severe that some of the aluminium vehicle body parts melted.
The Land Rovers, all stripped down and rebuilt by expert engineers, dated back to the 1960s and 1970s.
Firefighters were called to the garage in Bridge Street at around 4.50am. A vehicle storage area next to the main building was on fire.
Huddersfield Police believe the blaze was started deliberately and are treating it as a “potential arson.”
PC Paul James, of Huddersfield Police, said it was thought the fire started on a patch of scrubland over a fence from the garage forecourt. The land is planted with conifer trees.
PC James appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious around the time the fire started in Bridge Street, Woodhead Road or Waterside to contact police.
The scrubland is accessible from Woodhead Road.
Anyone with information should ring PC James on 101.
The Land Rover Centre exports restored vehicles around the world.
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