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Firefighters douse the burning car at the lookout. Photo Melissa Hargraves
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A suspected car torching at a Lismore lookout on Saturday afternoon threatened to spark a bushfire in an area surrounded by homes.

The local fire brigade attended the scene to find the car ablaze and rolling forward into dry grass on the top of a popular lookout.

Lismore Fire Brigade station officer, Ian Grimwood, told Echonetdaily the brigade responded to an emergency call at 1.27pm Saturday for a reported fire at the top of Robinson’s lookout in Girards Hill.

With long and dry grass around the lookout and strong winds blowing at the time, the quick response was crucial, he said, as when fire crews arrived, the car was beginning to roll down the hill into the bush, ‘and this wind would have pushed the fire along very  quickly’.

The fire is believed to have been deliberately lit and police are investigating.


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