Car “dropped” in flames after being set on fire next to family home


A car was “dumped” and set on fire next to houses on a residential street.
Police say the windows of the Renault Clio were smashed before the car was deliberately set on fire and abandoned by arsonists.

The incident at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night on Charwood Street, St Helens was captured in dramatic photos taken by a neighbor.

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Photos show the small car engulfed in flames as firefighters rushed to the scene to fight the blaze.

A witness to the fire said he was alerted when they saw flames outside their window.

They said, “I didn’t see anyone, but I saw the flames outside my window and we thought it was our car on fire.

“We looked outside and the car was on fire, so we called the fire department.

“It looked abandoned as it got on within five or 10 minutes of being parked there and is not on our street. ”

Firefighters were dispatched to fight a blaze after a Renault Clio was ‘thrown’ and deliberately set on fire on Charwood Street in St Helens on Sunday evening.

Police are currently investigating and want to speak to anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage who may have recorded events leading up to the fire.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: ‘At around 11.30pm it was reported that the windows of a Renault Clio had been smashed, before it was set on fire shortly later on Charnwood Street.

Firefighters work to extinguish burning car on residential street

“The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire, and the police were notified later.

“CCTV, forensic and witness investigations are ongoing and anyone with information is requested to contact us. ”

Detective Inspector Jackie Guinness said: ‘An investigation is underway after a car was set on fire in St Helens last night and we look forward to speaking with anyone with information.

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“If you have witnessed the incident or seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, please let us know. Likewise, if you have any CCTV or dashcam footage that could help the investigation, please let us know so that we can take action and find those responsible. ”

Anyone with information is requested to contact @MerPolCC with the reference 20000726746 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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