Ar­son at­tack turns cars into fire­balls

Res­i­dents’ cars left wrecked

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Res­i­dents of a quiet Ruther­glen street have spo­ken of their dis­be­lief after cars were set alight in a tar­geted, early morn­ing at­tack.

Ve­hi­cle own­ers in Ross­lyn Av­enue told the Re­former they were dev­as­tated when their cars had been de­lib­er­ately set upon by ar­son­ists.

Three cars were tar­geted and a fur­ther five were dam­aged. Res­i­dents looked on in hor­ror after be­ing wak­ened by ex­plo­sions.

A red Skoda Fabio was badly burnt out from the in­side to leave its seats and interior melted black while a sports car was fully en­gulfed in flames to leave noth­ing but the car­cass of the ve­hi­cle.

The owner of a blue Toy­ota Aven­sis told the Re­former she didn’t think she would be able to claim back on the dam­age from her in­sur­ance com­pany.

She said: “I know my car is not a lot of money but I’ll get noth­ing back on it so it’s very frus­trat­ing.

“I don’t know much about what hap­pened. The neigh­bours tried to phone me but I slept right through it.

“The CID said they’d be in touch.”

One navy coloured Re­nault Clio and white van had caught fire while the pas­sen­ger side of a black Mercedes SLK was singed and part of the brake light was melted.

A neigh­bour, who lives on the op­po­site side of the road from where the cars were ablaze, watched emer­gency ser­vices rush to the scene.

He said: “I only heard the bangs, woke up and saw the fire.

“We heard the bangs and the win­dows smash and came out just a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore the fire en­gines got here.”

An­other added: “We heard sev­eral ex­plo­sions. One of them even shook the house.

“The place was ab­so­lutely ablaze. It is very dan­ger­ous and the po­lice said it was tar­geted.

“Luck­ily none of those cars are mine but that’s where I’d usu­ally park.”

A po­lice spokesman con­firmed they had re­ceived a re­port of the fires at 1.15am on Wed­nes­day, June 1 and en­quiries were con­tin­u­ing.

He added: “The fires were ex­tin­guished by Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue who con­firmed the ve­hi­cles had been de­lib­er­ately set on fire.

“Thank­fully no per­sons were in­jured as a re­sult of this in­ci­dent although five other nearby ve­hi­cles were also ex­ten­sively dam­aged.

“Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing this as an act of wil­ful fir­erais­ing and en­quiries are on-go­ing. Any mem­ber of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion about this in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately.”

Gut­ted A car shell lit­ters the street Shocked Res­i­dents were stunned at the early morn­ing in­ci­dent

Melted away In­side of Skoda Fabio is badly burnt out

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