Three cars in Upper Hutt set alight within hours

Last updated 05:00 21/12/2012

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Detectives are investigating suspicious fires that destroyed three Upper Hutt cars.

Senior Sergeant Marc Clausen said the first fire was reported at 1.40am yesterday in Mcleod St. The second was at 4.40am in Gillespies Rd, and the third at 6am in Alleyne Court.

Warren Jennings heard the alarm going off in his partner's car about 4.40am and went outside shortly after to see the Nissan runabout fully ablaze.

"She was on fire, mate - someone had torched it . . . she was humming."

The car, which was uninsured but worth only $2000 or less, was a write-off. "Some little arsehole burnt it. I can understand if someone was to nick it. To torch it, what is the mentality in that?"

Greg White, whose car in Alleyne Court was the third to be set ablaze, said his cousin pulled up to pick him up for work yesterday morning and noticed what appeared to be steam coming from the white Mazda, which was insured.

When Mr White came outside he could see the windows were blackened, the quarter window was smashed, and there were embers inside the car.

He tried to unlock the door but the electric systems had failed. They put a hose in the smashed window but shortly after the back window blew out, with flames coming out. They hosed the fire until firefighters arrived.

The interior of the car was "gutted" but he was thankful the car seat for his baby was in the family's other car.

Fire safety officers and Hutt Valley detectives are investigating.

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