DEFIANT staff at Whitby Tyre and Exhaust Centre on the Enterprise Way industrial site have returned to work, despite the building suffering severe fire and smoke damage last Wednesday (23 February).
Inspector Mike Fenton, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We have worked with colleagues from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and believe that this fire was a deliberate act of arson.”
The business has reopened and although work will not be able to take place at the garage itself, the company are hoping to relocate to a nearby lot.
Whtby Tyres and Exhaust Centre’s co-owner Dave McConnell said: “We have a staff of six including office staff and there’s five of us standing around unable to do anything at the moment.”
A pile of approximately 300 tyres was set alight to the rear of the building and the flames shattered windows before the building itself caught fire.
Police and fire crews were alerted at 9.30pm and as a result of the fire the A171 was closed overnight.
A 200m exclusion zone was also put in place due to fears that highly-flammable acetylene canisters on the site may explode.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Insp Fenton at Whitby Police Station on 0845 6060247 quoting reference 12110030440 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.