A FIRE which destroyed part of Marchwood Motorways depot was started deliberately.
Police have launched an arson investigation after flames ripped through the headquarters of Marchwood Motorways, destroying an office building, three buses and a minibus.
The blaze at the company's depot in Salisbury Road, Totton, was first thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.
However, police have revealed that security cameras filmed an intruder smashing a window and throwing an object into an office shortly before the alarm was raised.
A police spokesman confirmed that a vehicle was spotted near the site at the time.
He added: "A person was seen running away from the depot and turning left into Salisbury Road, where they may have got into a vehicle and driven off."
"We're thankful the depot was closed at the time of the blaze and that it posed no real danger to life, especially to our neighbours."Marchwood Motorways spokesman
As reported in the Daily Echo, the blaze broke out last Tuesday at 1.45am.
The spokesman added: "Detectives are appealing for witnesses who may have seen someone loitering in the entrance, or a vehicle driving into or away from the depot entrance at that time.
"Anyone else who was in Salisbury Road as they too may hold vital information."
A Marchwood Motorways spokesman said: "The blaze caused substantial damage . Repair costs are estimated at £250,000.
"We're thankful the depot was closed at the time of the blaze and that it posed no real danger to life, especially to our neighbours.
"The damage has caused considerable disruption to our business and it will take some time before we can expect to be fully operational again. We hope whoever is responsible for causing this damage
is soon identified and taken into police custody.
"We'd appeal to anyone with information to contact the police immediately, especially if they saw something or knows who is responsible."
Anyone with information should ring Hythe CID on 0845 045 4545 or call Crimestoppers on 0845 045 4545.