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Probe launched into Wyke Regis scrap blaze
POLICE are probing an early hours fire near a home in the Wyke Regis area of Weymouth.
Owner Paul Hunt, pictured below, said he was awoken by a neighbour banging on the door of his house on Doncaster Road to raise the alarm about the blaze next to a garage.
The flames engulfed scrap wood, including old rabbit hutches, carpet and other materials that had been left next to the garage but also damaged cars.
Mr Hunt, 60, said: “I was surprised by how high the flames were and how fierce the heat was.
“Our neighbour was walking home from the pub and heard the crackling of the flames.
“Luckily he woke us up and called out the emergency services.”
Two cars parked on the driveway in front of the damage were also damaged by the heat.
A spokeswoman for Dorset Police said the matter had been passed to the service and it is being treated as a possible arson attack.
She said: “Police are investigating and we are appealing for witnesses.”
Mr Hunt said he had been planning to hire a skip to remove the scrap wood and metal.
He said: “The really strange thing is that there was a stainless steel sink there and it has gone.
“I’m not sure when it was taken – whether just before the fire or maybe a few days before that – but there is no trace of it, so obviously someone has taken it.”
He added: “I suppose the important thing is that we are all okay and no one was hurt.”
A spokeswoman for Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was unknown.
She said: “Just after midnight two crews from Weymouth Fire Station attended a fire next to a garage on the junction of Rylands Lane and Doncaster Road.
“Two rabbit hutches were completely destroyed and there was also heat damage to two parked cars and the brickwork and guttering of the garage.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101.
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