Vehicle goes up in flames

AN arson attack in suburban Coffs Harbour has ruined a car and left a husband and wife fuming.

The usually quiet Nina Close burst into action on Monday night when the blaze engulfed a white 1992 Subaru Forester parked on the road.

The shocked owner, 39, heard a loud bang and looked outside to discover her vehicle was alight.

Her husband, 40, feared his car – which was parked in front of his wife’s – would also go up in smoke and he dashed outside to move it away from the danger zone.

The couple tried to douse the flames with water and a neighbour, armed with a fire extinguisher, rushed over to help.

Coffs Harbour Fire Station crews roared into the cul-de-sac within minutes and took over the firefighting effort.

They managed to extinguish the fire but the Subaru was left severely damaged and melted.

Police believe the fire was deliberately lit. They said an unknown accelerant may have been thrown on the car and then lit.

If you saw suspicious activity in the area, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police station on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 Meanwhile, two hours before the car fire, firefighters had to clean up an oil spill in Harbour Drive.

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