Workshop goes up in flames

POLICE are this morning investigating why a Lismore tow truck driver has been targeted by the second suspicious fire in a week.

The owner of the car workshop that went up in flames in South Lismore this morning also owned the tow trucking business that was burnt down in Lismore last week.

At 3:45am this morning, police and NSW Fire and Rescue were called to a factory on Elliot Road, where a warehouse containing cars and mechanical equipment was engulfed by flames.

A NSW Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said five cars and a quantity of tyres were destroyed in the blaze.

The entire structure was also gutted.

The scene was eerily similar to the aftermath of a fire on Keen Street in Lismore last Friday.

The Cheepa Towing and Salvage commercial business was gutted by flames also in the early hours of the morning.

Police confirmed this morning that the owner of Cheepa Towing and Salvage also owned the South Lismore premises that was burnt down this morning.

It's understood he was renting both destroyed warehouses.

The owner was on scene at the fire this morning but was too distraught to comment.

He told The Northern Star last week that he believed the Keen Street fire was deliberately lit.

Police said they are not ruling out any links between today's fire and last week's fire.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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