By Denna Bowman
A tyres depot manager set fire to his depot causing £700,000 worth of damage because he was worried he was about to be sacked, a court was told.
Colin McReadie let himself in to the Edinburgh auto centre after hours and set fire to a rack of tyres using a gas torch.
The 22-year-old then locked the building and went to the pub, leaving the fire to sweep through the building causing £700,000 worth of damage.
Edinburgh Sherriff Court was told that McReadie, who pleaded guilty to wilfully setting fire to tyres at the centre, thought he was about to be sacked following “a number of problems” with his work.
He had been working at the centre for three months and had been promoted to branch manager just two weeks before the incident last September.
On the day of the blaze, McReadie failed to turn up for work and was asked to attend the following day for a meeting about his future in the company.
Later that night he called friends and asked them to pick him up from a pub at 10pm and drive him to the tyre centre.
When they arrived at the tyre centre, McReadie used his key fob to deactivate the alarm and went inside the premises where he started the blaze with a gas torch.
He then reset the alarm to the premises and, along with his two associates, went back to the pub.
Suspicion fell on McReadie after police viewed CCTV footage from the pub.
The total damage caused to the building, machinery and stock was £701,626 and the building was “effectively destroyed”.
McReadie will remain on bail until he is sentenced next month after background reports.