Fire chiefs are investigating a spate of unexplained fires thought to have been sparked by towels and linen covered in scented oils.
Officials are linking at least half-a-dozen fires in recent months in homes, launderettes and beauty salons to the same cause.
The most recent fire broke out at a beauty salon in Swindon College, Wilts, in April after essential oils were not washed out of a pile of used towels properly and subsequently burst into flames.
The beauty therapy room was badly damaged by the fire and left an insurance bills totalling tens of thousands of pounds.
There has recently been a sharp increase in the sales of scented oils, which are often sprinkled on towels and face flannels and applied to pillows and bed sheets.
They are easily combustible and are increasingly used in aromatherapy and other complementary treatments.
But officials from Wiltshire Fire Service believe essential oils were the common thread with all of the fires. ...