Police share update after VW Golf ‘deliberately’ set on fire in Hartcliffe

A car fire that raged last night in Hartcliffe is being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

The vehicle was discovered alight in Whitchurch Lane, at around 8.30pm on Wednesday night (November 10).

Fire crews responded and video taken from the scene shows them dealing with the blaze.

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Further video showing flames pouring from the vehicle last night has now emerged, with the clip also showing small explosions taking place as the blaze ravages the car.

Police have now confirmed the fire is being considered as “suspicious”, after fire services reported that it was believed to have been ignited deliberately.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the vehicle set alight was a white VW Golf and that fire services had first been called to the scene at around 8.20pm.

The statement said: “Avon Fire and Rescue Service called us last night (Thursday 10 November) to make us aware of a vehicle fire they were dealing with in Whitchurch Lane.

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“At this time, we’re treating the fire as suspicious.

“Anyone with information about what happened should call 101 and give the call-handler reference number 5221265149.”

Avon Fire and Rescue Service were also praised by residents living near the scene for their quick response to the call.

A witness who captured video footage of the scene told Bristol Live: “I would like to mention how quickly the fire service came, I rang them at 8.19pm and they were there within two or three minutes.”

Services were shown on video dealing with the blaze last night, with two crews later confirmed as having attended the scene.

The statement issued by Avon Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday evening (November 10) said: “We were called at 20:20 to reports of a car on fire on Whitchurch Lane, Hartcliffe.

“Two fire engines from Bedminster fire station attended the incident and found a car on fire.

“The crews, with one firefighter wearing breathing apparatus for safety, used two high-pressure hose reels to extinguish the fire and a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots. The crews then worked to make the vehicle safe.

“The cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate ignition.”

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