Fu­ture up in smoke


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

A SIN­GLE mother of four young boys has been left with­out a car af­ter it was set on fire in Cockburn Cen­tral.

Jodie Salmon was cel­e­brat­ing her par­ents’ 30th wed­ding an­niver­sary in Duns­bor­ough when she re­ceived a call that her Kia Car­ni­val had gone up in flames.

The car was dam­aged af­ter the brush fenc­ing at the front of her par­ent’s Re­gent Court property was set on fire about 9pm on Novem­ber 29.

The car was parked next to the fence.

Neigh­bours were alerted to the fire, the third of its kind at the home, af­ter one of the car’s tyres popped.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called and the fire was put out soon af­ter.

Parts of the home were also scorched.

Ms Salmon, from Bal­divis, said the in­sur­ance had lapsed a month ear­lier. She was un­able to pay it with other bills tak­ing prece­dence.

The mother of four boys un­der 12, in­clud­ing one who needs reg­u­lar med­i­cal at­ten­tion, was dev­as­tated.

“With­out my car, I’m lost. See­ing the car in per­son, I just burst into tears. It’s dev­as­tat­ing,” she said.

Ms Salmon, a busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion stu­dent, said she was an­gry she had been left out of pocket be­cause of some­one else’s ac­tions.

“They prob­a­bly thought they’d have some fun and light up a fence, not know­ing how stupid and out of hand it would get,” she said. “But I can’t get any­where now.” A spokes­woman for WA Po­lice said the in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice and in­quiries are un­der way.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Ms Salmon re­place the car. Visit www.gofundme.com/dx­ck­9fm7.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Jodie Salmon with chil­dren Ashton (6), Cooper (7), Travis (3) and Seth (10) and her burnt-out car.

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