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Spate of Orkney car fires sparked by nesting birds

Car owners on Orkney have been warned to check under their bonnets regularly after a spate of fires caused by birds nesting in vehicle engine compartments.

There have been at least three car blazes over the past few weeks which have been caused by nests.

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In the latest incident, a car in St Margaret's Hope was completely destroyed by a fire caused by a nest built by a starling over the space of an evening.

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Kim Patching, the owner of the car, said that it would not start and then in a matter of minutes smoke and flames emerged from under the bonnet.

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Firefighters with Ms Patching's car.

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The vehicle was almost completely destroyed in the blaze.

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Another of the three recorded car fires in Orkney.

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Johnathan Porterfield discovered this nest in his electric vehicle but has decided to leave it until the birds hatch out and leave. Mr Porterfield - who is a dealer specialising in electric vehicles on the islands - said he would be using another car until the birds were fledged.

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