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A reader’s photo of a car he says was ‘deliberately set alight’ in the Mullumbimby industrial estate on Monday night (August 13). Photo supplied

A car fire in the Mullumbimby industrial estate on Monday night appeared to have been deliberately lit, according to an Echo reader who took this photo and who requested not to be named.

The car, believed to be a Mazda sedan, exploded into a ball of flame in Towers Drive, in front of Ray Towers Carpets, at about 8.30pm, the reader said.

‘It was a petrol explosion: someone put a paper in the tank and lit it, like a big molotov cocktail.

‘I was driving past when I heard something explode, I drove a little further and I saw the car in a ball of flames,’ the reader added, saying he was one of the few people apart from police and firies who noticed the explosion.

A spokesperson for NSW Fire & Rescue said, ‘a crew from Mullumbimby attended the scene at 8.40pm and found the car already well alight’.

‘The crew extinguished the car and finished up just before 9.40pm.

‘Police were in attendance and the car was totally destroyed by fire.

‘Police are treating the incident as suspicious,’ the spokesperson said.

Tweed Byron chief inspector Luke Arthurs confirmed police are investigating the matter further and are treating it as suspicious.

They have yet to establish the exact cause of the fire.

 


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