Shots heard as car set ablaze at Wiltshire garage

'Gunfire' has been heard as a car was set ablaze on a garage forecourt in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

The incident took place at the Skurrays Garage in George Lane in the early hours of Monday 4 August. This Is Wiltshire reported that nearby residents woke to what they thought were gunshots before seeing the fire at the car repair shop.

The incident highlights the importance of a combined motor trade insurance policy; the garage could call upon this to cover the costs incurred by the damage inflected by the fire on both the car on the garage forecourt and the surrounding buildings.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire but Nichola Tong, who lives nearby, says that she awoke to loud banging noises. Ms Tong said: “It sounded like gun shots and I didn’t know what it could be so my husband got up and tentatively went to look out the window and saw that the car was on fire.

“We couldn’t see any people about so we didn’t think it was arson, especially in Marlborough which is such a sleepy town, we thought there might have been an electrical fault… We called the fire brigade and they arrived within minutes.

“We were worried about a bigger explosion if the fuel tank exploded, especially as there had been a series of smaller explosions throwing burning debris into the road, but there weren't any other cars close enough to worry about.”