Cars on fire at auction compound
AN INVESTIGATION is under way into how more than a dozen cars were damaged by fire at a car auction compound.
Firefighters were called to the Manheim site in Common Road, Huthwaite, at about 1.57am yesterday after reports of cars on fire.
Two crews from Ashfield fire station attended and radioed for help from Mansfield fire station when they realised the fire affected 13 vehicles.
Firefighters used breathing equipment and tools to break into the burning cars to fight the flames before bringing the blaze under control.
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No one was hurt in the incident and two other cars were slightly damaged.
David Parnham, auction centre manager, said: "We are looking into the cause of the incident and are unable to comment further until investigations are complete.
"Fortunately, no one was injured and today's vehicle sales are taking place as usual, with no risk or disruption to our customers."
The eight-acre centre is known as Manheim Mansfield, although it is based at the Fulwood Industrial Estate in Common Road, Huthwaite.
A notice on the firm's website yesterday added: "Emergency services assure the site is safe and it's open for business as usual. Please expect slight delays."
The company sells about 500,000 used vehicles every year to trade buyers and the general public through auctions, and has 16 centres around the country.
A Notts Police spokeswoman said the force was looking into the cause of the fire and officers were studying CCTV images.
They added it was not being treated as a criminal investigation as the fire is not thought to be suspicious.