Car dealership severely damaged by fire

Ten fire crews have had to attend a fire at a car dealership in Somerset which is believed to have caused extensive damage to the premises and vehicles stored within.

The blaze broke out at Lane Williams Ltd in Bridgwater Road at around 9.30pm on Thursday 19 February and took firefighters from across the region around five hours to fully contain the flames. The car garage suffered severe damage, as did neighbouring buildings, and several cars inside were set alight.

Incidents like this illustrate the importance and value of having a comprehensive combined motor trade insurance policy. This will include a wide range of cover for the business and its assets, including the cars stored on site; the spare parts, machinery and equipment kept in the garages; the building itself; and can also include things like business interruption cover, which will offer financial assistance should the dealership have to close for an extended period of time while repair works are carried out.

According to the Weston Mercury, fire crews were called to the scene from Burnham, Weston, Bridgwater, Shepton Mallet and Blagdon to help to tackle the blaze, as well as an incident support unit and extra water carrier appliance from Yeovil.

The paper stated: "The garage has been severely damaged and nearby residential properties also suffered moderate damage."

It is thought that at one point, after the fire had already been going for two hours, that the garage might collapse but teams eventually got the flames under control and the garage remains standing.

It is not known at this stage what started the fire.