Another senseless car fire in Grafton
A THIN trail of burnt grass on the front yard of a Grafton property leads to what used to be James Curry's pride and joy.
In the early hours of Friday, his Nissan Skyline was set alight in Howe St.
Grafton Fire Brigade Captain Garry Reardon said fire crews were called to the scene about 3.30am after a resident moved his own car away from the fire.
"He attempted to extinguish the fire and then the brigade arrived," Capt Reardon said.
Mr Curry said he was staying at his girlfriend's house when he awoke to news his car was alight in the front yard.
"My girlfriend's dad started yelling out 'James's car is on fire', and ran outside and grabbed the hose," he said.
"I had a lot of stuff in my car but luckily whoever did it only burnt the outside of it.
"The bonnet latch was melted, but there was no fire inside the car.
"After the fire brigade arrived, they pried open the car and cooled everything down."
As a precaution his girlfriend's father was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.
The 22-year-old said he was devastated to lose his first car, which he and his father had spent months fixing up, and could not understand why it had happened.
"I put a lot of work into that car," he said.
"It's just annoyed me that someone burnt it.
"If they had stolen it I would have been upset but I would have known why they did it, to make money.
"With it being burnt, I don't know why they did it."
This is the second car fire in Grafton in the past week.
Fitzroy St residents woke to a roaring fire which engulfed a vehicle on May 28.
Anyone with information on either incident can phone Grafton police on 6642 0222, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.