Homeowner describes ‘explosions’ as suspected arson destroyed 120 cars in Grantham
A Gorse Lane resident has spoken to the Journal about the moments when they first realised the nearby salvage yard was on fire.
Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are investigating whether a blaze which broke out last night at Traynors in Grantham was started deliberately.
The fire engulfed around 120 cars at the site. No injuries were reported.
A Gorse Lane homeowner, who did not wish to be named, described how he and his family first became aware of the blaze across the road from their property. He said: “It was at around 11pm when I heard some banging and popping noises. At first I thought it must be the wind banging on the windows, but then I heard explosions.”
“I went upstairs to look out of my son’s bedroom window, and that’s when I saw the huge blaze.”
“I called 999, and they said that they were aware of the fire. Four fire engines and four police cars arrived, and they blocked the road right off. We stayed up watching it for a bit, and at about one o’clock it seemed to be going out.”
He added: “Luckily the wind was blowing the other way so the smoke and smell didn’t come over us.”
The resident expressed concern that this wasn’t the first such incident at the site. “It’s the third time that there has been a fire there in as many years,” he said. “It’s been worse before because the cars used to be closer to the road, but now there’s an open space which they keep clear.
“The police seem to think it might be arson, which is what they have said when there have been fires there before.”
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “The investigation continues to establish the cause which may have been deliberate ignition.
“Anyone with information is asked to call 101 with incident reference number 398 of February 7.”