Suspected arsonist torches cars

November 29, 2016

The home of a Wilmot Rd residence that is believed to have been deliberately targeted by an arsonist.

Police are continuing to investigate a suspicious car torching at a Wilmot Rd home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

On Sunday, Shepparton police Sergeant Paul Gordon said neighbours phoned 000 at 3.30am on Saturday after hearing loud noises.

‘‘(Witnesses) came outside to see two vehicles fully alight,’’ he said.

‘‘An arson chemist came up from Melbourne to investigate the scene and the incident has been deemed as suspicious.’’

Witness Jess Young said she initially thought it was a bonfire when she first drove past.

‘‘I heard gas tanks exploding and quickly rang the fire brigade,’’ she said.

‘‘It looked like it was deliberately lit because the flames were two metres high above the car and embers caught alight under the awnings of the home.’’

Neighbour Mary-ann Davidson said she was looking outside her bedroom window and saw the incident unfold.

‘‘I saw the offender light up the vehicles and run away on foot down the road,’’ she said.

‘‘The flames from the two cars were huge, they reached up into the trees above and it’s a real worry because the street is pretty dodgy.’’

Police said both cars were fully destroyed in the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident can phone Shepparton Criminal Investigation Unit on 58205800 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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