Cars torched in night raids
WAKING to the sound of frantic banging on her doors as her son’s car burnt and exploded into fire outside her bedroom window has been a life-changing experience for one South Grafton woman.
The woman, who does not want her identity revealed because she fears reprisals, told The Daily Examiner yesterday she was still recovering from the trauma of the attack, which occurred in the middle of the night several weeks ago.
It is just one of a spate of deliberately lit car fires in the streets of South Grafton in the past few weeks.
The latest occurred on Wednesday night when a Ford station wagon was torched in Vere Street.
“I didn’t hear a thing,” said the attack victim.
“The first I knew I could hear banging out the back and then at the front of the house as the police and fire brigade were knocking on the door to get me out,” she said.
She said by the time she opened the front door she could see fire burning in the front of her son’s vehicle that was parked under a tree at the front of her house.
“I used to think I was good in a crisis,” she said.
“But when I saw the car front window explode and the door blew open. I just sort of froze.”
The attack she experienced was not the only one on the night.
“The reason the fire was able to take hold was that the fire brigade was busy at another car fire further up the hill,” she said.
The aftermath of the fire has changed her life.
“I like to think I was a person that did not worry too much,” she said.
“But I’m really only starting to get over it now,” the woman said.
“Now when I hear a noise at night it makes me wonder what’s out there,” she said.
Grafton Police could not be contacted to give an update on the investigation into the fires.