Vintage motorcycles saved in dealership blaze

Firefighters save a number of valuable vintage and brand-new motorcycles after fire rips through a dealership in Merseyside

Marriott Motorcycles

Vintage motorcycles worth tens of thousands of pounds have been saved by firefighters after a large fire ripped through a dealership in Merseyside.

The blaze at Marriott Motorcycles – which sells Suzuki, Kawasaki, Moto Morin, Mutt and Zonte bikes - in Birkenhead broke out shortly before 8.30pm on Thursday 6 February, tearing through the workshop area.

Fortunately, firefighters were able to contain the fire to that part of the property, preventing it from spreading to another area housing a number of valuable vintage motorcycle, as well as a large number of brand-new motorcycles.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus had to break into the building using an angle grinder last night to get to the blaze.

An investigation into the blaze has begun with firefighters unable to rule out the prospect of arson for now.

"Our firefighters worked tirelessly & were able to contain the fire mostly to the workshop area of the business, meaning that the large majority of the new and vintage motorcycles inside have remained unscathed,” incident commander Tony Brown told the Liverpool Echo.

Marriott Motorcycles have taken to Facebook to thank fire teams for saving their business and for ensuring the fire damage wasn’t worse than it was.

“Thanks everyone who helped us try and get things together over the last 24 hours. Massive shout out to the Fire Brigade who worked for hours to save our business. All the staff are still shocked as to the extent of the damage done by fire to our workshops. Nevertheless please bare with us in these hard times whilst we try to put things back on track.”