Rats are believed to have caused a massive blaze that destroyed three coaches and three minibuses at the coach company headquarters of Barfoot & Sons. Hants.
Nearby residents saw flames reach 40ft high and heard explosions as the fire spread from one vehicle to the next.
investigators concluded the most likely cause of the fire at an
operations centre in Hedge End, near Southampton, Hants, was a spark
from an electrical fault caused by rats chewing through wires.
A fire service spokesman said: 'For rodents to have chewed through things and caused this much devastation is pretty unlucky.'
were called to the blaze, which involved vehicles belonging to
Southampton-based coach hire company Barfoot and Sons, at 5.45pm on