Fire causes £80k damage

The damage following a deliberate fire at McNicholls VehicleHire earlier this week. Picture: Michael Gillen
The damage following a deliberate fire at McNicholls VehicleHire earlier this week. Picture: Michael Gillen

The owners of a vehicle hire business which was the victim of a malicious fire say they can’t understand why anyone would want to target the firm.

Four cars parked outside McNicholl Vehicle Hire in Braehead Road were set ablaze deliberately on Monday morning causing between £60-80,000 worth of damage.

The fires which ripped through the cars also damaged the cottage building the company – which is the shirt sponsor of Linlithgow Rose whose ground sits next door, – renovated around two years ago to use as its base.

The incident happened at around 1am on Monday. The cars sustained significant damage from the malicious blaze and police are urging anyone who can assist with their ongoing enquiries to come forward.

Detective Constable Krista Tench said: “Thankfully no one was injured as a result of these fires and the fire service was able to quickly bring them under control. However, the consequences of this act could have been far worse and we are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to trace those responsible.

McNicholl managing director David Stewart said it was business as usual despite the shocking setback.

He said: “It was quite a shock for everyone here coming in to find the damage but it hasn’t affected the business too much.

“I don’t know why anyone would want to do something like this, but it is business as usual for us. We are quite sad the building was also damaged as a result.

“We are a company which started in Linlithgow 48 years ago and we transformed the old derelict cottage around two years ago to make it our headquarters here in Linlithgow.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.