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Major 100,000 blaze 'suspicious'

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The blaze was tackled by Grampian Fire and Rescue Service

A fire which caused more than 100,000 of damage to cars at an Aberdeen garage is being treated as suspicious.

Five BMWs and two Minis were either destroyed or damaged in premises in Wellington Road used by John Clark BMW.

It broke out at about 2330 BST on Monday, and firefighters and staff have been praised for their "brave" efforts.

A Grampian Police spokesman said they were now treating the fire as suspicious and appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

'Serious crime'

Det Cons Neil Barnett, who is leading the inquiry, said: "Given that quite a lot of people would have been travelling on Wellington Road at that time of night we are hopeful that someone may come forward with information which could assist us.

"We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area or seen any cars parked on the road which caught their attention.

"We are treating this as a serious crime, given the high value of the cars involved. Fortunately incidents of this seriousness are most unusual."

A forensic examination of the scene has been completed and officers have contacted firms in the area to see if they have CCTV images which might help.

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