Blazing car sets another alight on Melton residential street

The car fire in Ankle Hill, Melton, in the early hours of Saturday. The picture was taken by reader Matt Sage. EMN-141117-103209001
The car fire in Ankle Hill, Melton, in the early hours of Saturday. The picture was taken by reader Matt Sage. EMN-141117-103209001
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Firefighters were called to a Melton street after a blazing car rolled down a hill and set another alight after bumping into it.

Neither car was occupied during the incident, in the early hours of Saturday in Ankle Hill, but the fire service suspect the initial fire, involving a Citroen Saxo, was started deliberately.

The Saxo was destroyed by the fire and the Mini it rolled into suffered fire and structural damage from the incident.

Matt Sage was walking home with friends after celebrating girlfriend Jessica Hill’s 27th birthday when he took this photo of the burning vehicles, close to the entrance to the former War Memorial Hospital site.

He said: “It was well ablaze when we arrived on the scene. It was like a furnace - the flames were shooting eight to 10 feet in the air.”

Melton firefighter Nigel Alexander said: “The Saxo was parked on the hill and it appears that the handbrake failed after the fire started.

“It rolled down the hill into another vehicle and that one caught fire too.

“It could have been a lot worse had the first car not hit the other one as it might have rolled further and hit other cars, moving vehicles or it could have rolled into the bushes and started a fire there.”

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said one crew from Melton attended the incident, at 1.29am, and they spent an hour dealing with it. The cause of the initial blaze is thought to have been ‘deliberate ignition’, the fire service say.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “Inquiries are continuing into the incident.

“The fire is believed to be suspicious and we are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact us on 101 or on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”