Arson attack on two cars in Melton was ‘absolutely terrifying’ for resident

Firefighters attended the incident EMN-180919-162059001
Firefighters attended the incident EMN-180919-162059001
0
Have your say

A resident has spoken about the ‘absolutely terrifying’ arson attack on a car in her Melton street in the early hours of Saturday.

Firefighters were already dealing with a car being set alight on Dieppe Way when arsonists started a blaze in a vehicle on nearby Bramley Close.

The charred and burned driveway of a property on Bramley Close, Melton where a car was set alight by an arsonist EMN-180810-112041001

The charred and burned driveway of a property on Bramley Close, Melton where a car was set alight by an arsonist EMN-180810-112041001

The woman who witnessed the aftermath of the second incident awoke to see flames and the arrival of a fire engine.

She declined to be named but told the Melton Times: “It was absolutely terrifying.

“There were a lot of flames and it took the fire crews a while to put it out.”

This was latest in a spate of arson attacks on cars on residential areas in Melton.

In August we reported that a car was destroyed on The Crescent when a fire was started deliberately.

Arsonists went on the rampage on the Fairmead Estate on successive weekends last summer, when a total of nine car were either destroyed or seriously damaged after being set ablaze.

The resident who witnessed the Bramley Close car fire on Saturday added: “People are really worried because there is clearly an arsonist in Melton.

“I am thinking of getting a quote for CCTV and security lighting because of all this.

“The lighting needs to be brighter too - when the light outside my home goes out all you can see in front of you is the pavement.”

Two fire crews from Melton were deployed to the first incident at Dieppe Way at 2.04am on Saturday, and the second in Bramley Close at 2.41am.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were initially called to Dieppe Way where a vehicle involved was in fire.

“Police were requested to attend as it was believed to be an incident of deliberate ignition.

“Just as crews had the fire under control they noticed another vehicle fire across the road.

“A second appliance was mobilised to attend the first incident and ensure all was satisfactory while the original appliance attended the new incident.”

The vehicles in both attacks suffered severe damage by fire, heat and smoke.