First Call Coaches fire was arson attack

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A fire at First Call Coaches’ depot which destroyed 30 coaches, five minibuses and a car is being treated as a deliberate fire by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the BBC has reported.

Investigators studied CCTV from the depot and the first fire engines on site to help determine the cause of the fire.

The massive fire needed 57 firefighters to bring it under control after it broke out in the early hours of Sunday, December28, 2014, at Pant Industrial Estate, Merthyr Tydfil. The vehicles were reportedly parked very close together as a security measure to prevent the theft of fuel, batteries or parts, though this is likely to have helped the fire spread quickly. The operators main workshop also sustained damage.

A police spokesman said that the neighbouring A465 was closed to traffic due to smoke and debris on the road.