ARSONISTS are believed to have started a fire at a garage in Poole early this morning involving 50 tyres and three vehicles.

The fire service received the first of 12 calls alerting them to the fire in Library Road, Parkstone, at 1.01am.

Initially it was reported that tyres were on fire outside the commercial garage.

However, when firefighters arrived on the scene they discovered the fire had spread to the garage itself.

Fire engines from Westbourne and Poole attended.

The fire was extinguished using four breathing apparatus sets, one hose reel jet and foam from a main line.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate."