Arsonists set fire to car transporter and its load

Arsonists are believed to be responsible for setting a car transporter alight on a Leicester estate overnight. Firefighters were called to reports of a vehicle on fire in Pawley Gardens, Eyres Monsell, shortly before midnight. Leicestershire Police also attended the incident.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said that several 999 calls were received by fire control from people living in the area at about 11.50pm, last night, Tuesday May 19. A crew from the city’s Southern fire station responded to the incident. A spokesman for the fire service said the vehicle – a flatbed truck with a single car on board – was destroyed in the blaze, and two cars badly damaged.

He said: “Several callers reported a vehicle on fire in Pawley Gardens, Leicester, at about 11.50pm.

“On arrival, the incident commander confirmed a transit car transporter was fully involved in fire, with a car it was carrying also on fire.” Firefighters used breathing gear and several hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze, which had also spread to a car parked nearby in the street. The spokesman added: “Police were requested to attend as the cause was believed to be deliberate ignition.”

The fire was out out at 12.30am with the crew continuing to damp down the damaged vehicles. They came away from the scene shortly afterwards and left the incident in the hands of police. The truck was “severely damaged by fire” with moderate fire damage to the car on board and another car parked nearby.

Anyone with information about those responsible for the car transporter fire in Eyres Monsell is asked to call the police 101 number, or get in touch with investigators using the force website. Firefighters from Southern fire station were called out again later in the night, this time to a shed fire reported in Turnbull Drive, Braunstone Town. A fire service spokesman said: “We received a call at 4.12am to a shed fire in Turnbull Drive, Braunstone Town.

“Several callers reported that a tree was on fire and, on arrival, the incident commander confirmed that one shed and a large confifer tree were involved. “A water hose reel jet was used to extinguish the flames.”

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A stop message was received by fire control at 4.50am.