Times of Oman

Shinas car fire mystery baffles owner, police

- FAHAD AL GHADANI

MUSCAT: A car parked in front of a house “mysterious­ly” caught fire in the early hours of Monday morning in the Shinas.

Speaking to Times of Oman, Khalid Al Abri, owner of the car, said, “I woke up with start to realise my car was on fire. However, the car was completely gutted in front of me and I was unable to do anything,” he said.

Inflammabl­e material

“I called the Civil Defence, who rushed to the spot in quick time, but the car had inflammabl­e material and it was completely destroyed,” said Khalid.

The fire broke out at around 4.30am yesterday.

“I had parked the car at 8.30pm the previous day. So there was no way that the car could have caught fire because the car had heated up or so. It was sort of mysterious,” he said, unable to explain why the car caught fire. He said he had bought the car in 2013.

While he could not confirm if someone had set fire to the car but said, “If this was a deliberate act and in front of my house then it could happen to anyone in the future,” he said. Police are investigat­ing the case.

Similar cases

In other similar cases, one person was arrested for setting two vehicles on fire in Qarhat Al Balush area in Barka wilayat.

An official of the Royal Oman Police (ROP) said the accused committed the act late at night in November last.

Four more people were arrested on the charges of setting ablaze a police officer’s vehicle at Majees in Sohar. They were arrested by officers of the Inquiries and Criminal Investigat­ion Department from North Batinah.

According to Article 270 of the law, a person who deliberate­ly sets fire to land, sea or air transport properties, oil fields and public or private firms, will be handed down a jail sentence ranging between seven and 15 years.

Commenting on the case, Muscat resident Ali Al Bahri said that it was difficult to say whether it was a mistake or it was intentiona­l.

“Nobody knows, but these days we hear about strange and scary crimes happening everywhere,” he said. It is not because of poor security but due to a lack of awareness, especially among teenagers, he added.

“Parents should educate their children and make them aware them on how to become good citizens and work for the benefit our country,” said Ali.

 ?? –Supplied photo ?? SECURITY ISSUES: The car was parked in front of the house when it was set ablaze on Monday morning.
–Supplied photo SECURITY ISSUES: The car was parked in front of the house when it was set ablaze on Monday morning.

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