The cab of an excavator was left completely burnt out following the attack (Picture: Inside Croydon)
A man has been arrested after allegedly firebombing a business on an industrial estate and then staying put until police showed up.
Some 30 people were inside the building at the time of the attack and several highly flammable items were on site including four gas cylinders.
No one was thought to have been hurt, but serious damage was done to a building and an excavator, whose cab was left completely burnt out.
Some 60 police officers, many of whom were armed, and at least three fire engines were sent to the scene in Croydon, south London after the alarm was raised around 8.30am yesterday.
According to eyewitnesses, the attacker was still on the scene when emergency services arrived and told officers he was owed £3,000 by the company.
However, Hydro Cleansing Ltd, denied being in debt to him, reports Inside Croydon.
Armed police were rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised at 8.30am yesterday (Picture: Inside Croydon)
Several highly flammable items including gas cylinders were on site (Picture: Inside Croydon)
No one was thought to have been injured and a 32-year-old man has been arrested (Picture: Inside Croydon)
The environmental services company is said to have been the target of several attacks, suffering tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage in the past 18 months.
In the aftermath of yesterday’s firebombing, employees were evacuated and roads were closed as a team of police dogs were sent in to secure the estate.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at 08.34hrs on Wednesday, June 16, following reports that a man had made threats towards a second person.
‘Officers carried out a search of the area. Several small fires were discovered and extinguished by officers.
‘A 32-year-old man was arrested in the vicinity of Beddington Farm Road on suspicion of arson.
‘There were no reported injuries. Enquiries continue.’
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