CHARRED REMAINS: The burnt out car parked in front of the Gladiators Motorcycle Club headquarters in New St, South Grafton.
CHARRED REMAINS: The burnt out car parked in front of the Gladiators Motorcycle Club headquarters in New St, South Grafton. Tim Howard

Burnt out car in Gladiators’ carpark suspicious say firies

UPDATE: A fire that destroyed a four-wheel drive in the carpark of the Gladiators Motorcycle Club in South Grafton could have been deliberately lit.

South Grafton Fire Brigade captain Dennis Pye said the nature of the blaze indicated an accelerant was poured over the car and ignited.

"The fire was totally outside the car and didn't get inside the car," Mr Pye said.

"The fire was mainly at the back of the car and down one side. It's under investigation, but it definitely looked suspicious."

 

BURNT OUT: The headquarters of the Gladiators Motorcylce with the burnt out four-wheel drive in the carpark.
BURNT OUT: The headquarters of the Gladiators Motorcylce with the burnt out four-wheel drive in the carpark. Tim Howard

He said the fire brigade arrived around 10.30pm on Sunday night and put out the fire in about 20 minutes.

"The car was alight on the outside and underneath when we got there," Mr Pye said.

"There was a minor threat to the house next door, the car was about a metre from them.

"They had a garden hose playing on the fire, which wasn't going to be enough, but we got there quickly enough to isolate the threat."

EARLIER: POLICE have downplayed the presence of a burnt out car in the carpark of the Gladiators Motorcyle Club headquarters in South Grafton.

A nearby resident, who noticed the blaze between 10pm and 10.30pm on Sunday at the New St, South Grafton premises, had suspicions the car may have been firebombed.

"Not long after we noticed the fire we heard the sound of a vehicle reversing quickly down the street," the witness said.

The witness said it was understood most of the club was away on a charity ride to Scone at the time of the fire.

"I could see the glow of fire of the fire near the house, I was worried about how close it was," the witness said.

Coffs Clarence Police crime commander Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said it was far too early in the investigation to say if the car had been burnt on purpose.

"The nature and extent of the incident is still under investigation," he said.

"There was a car burnt in the carpark on the premises, but we don't know anything more than that at the moment."



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