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Gutted car sparks probe

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a car fire on Bidwills Cutting Rd in the early hours of Thursday morning, following a spate of cars having been found burnt out across the region in recent months.

Volunteer firefighters from Greytown were called to the scene of the car fire at about 1.30am yesterday.

Chief Fire Officer Seth Rance said the vehicle was “well alight” upon their arrival at the scene.

Two trucks and an operational support vehicle attended the blaze, and it took two full tank loads of water to extinguish the fire due to the alloy material of the car.

Rance said they also had to ensure that no nearby vegetation caught alight – “That was one of our primary concerns.”

A police spokesperson confirmed that an investigation into the fire is ongoing but could not confirm whether the car on Bidwills Cutting Rd had been reported as stolen.

Over the past two months, four cars have been found burnt out in the region, and police have identified the person responsible for the two that occurred in Carterton in November.

While there is no confirmation yet regarding whether this latest car fire was arson, a police spokesperson said that arson is usually not a singular or isolated event.

“They [arson events] don’t happen on their own,” they said, “And cars don’t tend to catch fire on their own.”

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