Detectives treating Jaguar Land Rover dealership blaze as arson

Several vehicles destroyed after a huge fire ripped through showroom in early hours of yesterday morning

A major fire at a Stockport dealership is being treated as arson.

Firefighters battled for more than eight hours to contain the fire at Sytner Group’s landmark Guy Salmon Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Stockport dealership which triggered explosions and emitted billowing smoke.

At its height seven fire engines and a number of support vehicles were in attendance.

Police said they were called to Bailey Road, near the M60, shortly before 12.40am yesterday (Thursday 6 August) when the blase was reported by an officer on patrol.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Following initial enquiries, detectives are treating the incident as arson.”

A joint-investigation with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is now underway.

Police believe there were no occupants on the site at the time of the fire, and there have been no reported injuries.

Pictures taken in the aftermath of the fire showed a number of vehicles had been completely destroyed.

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