Mark Griffiths, Sales Manager at Huddersfield Land Rover Centre, spoke stoically to LRO: ‘All we can do is clear up and carry on. Fortunately the fire didn’t enter the main building, so the business is operating as usual. But obviously if you’re a Land Rover enthusiast, seeing the damaged vehicles is pretty painful viewing.’
The six Land Rovers were standing under a canopy that appears to have caught fire at around 5am and rained burning fiberglass down on the vehicles below. One Series III survived with only paint damage, another seems to be salvageable from the waist down, but two Series IIAs, another Series III and a Lightweight were destroyed beyond economical repair.
The police are investigating the likelihood that human intervention, either accidental or deliberate, was the cause. The outbuilding that housed the vehicles had no electricity supply, making and electrical failure impossible, and it is clear that the fire did not originate from one of the vehicles themselves.
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