Utility fire at locked business sparks investigation

THE owner of an Albury plumbing company arrived at work yesterday to find a vehicle on fire at the back of his business, police said.

Insp Tim Winkelman from Albury police said the man had arrived at the Nurigong Street business in South Albury to find a Ford Falcon utility on fire about 5.30am.

He called triple-0 and Albury Civic firefighters took about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Albury Civic Fire Station captain John Vandeven said the fire had started in the cabin of the ute.

Insp Winkelman said the gates to the business were locked at the time of the fire and investigations were continuing.

He said the fire could not be linked to the recent number of cars stolen and set alight.

“There has been quite a few stolen cars and they turn up on either side of the border and that’s the normal M.O. (modus operandi) ... it’s a means to an end, as drastic as it is,” Insp Winkelman said.

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