Thursday, 6 October 2011

Midnight Madness

We were woken from our sleep to find a bright orange glow filling our bedroom window. Outside was a car on fire burning furiously. Hubby called the fire brigade and then went outside to investigate. It was right next to a power pole that had also caught on fire so he grabbed a neighbours hose to stop it from getting badly damaged. At one stage he was concerned that the car may have struck the pole and there may be an occupant inside, thankfully that was not the case. There was no huge explosion just lots of popping and banging. We were amazed that we hadn't woken sooner or that the dog had heard nothing!
It didn't take long for fire and police to arrive and they dosed the flames out very quickly.

The neighbours had also come out to investigate, one had to move her car as it was parked closely by.

And this is what remains of the Nissan 300 ZX. Police told us that it had been stolen only 1 hour before it had been torched. I feel sorry for the owner of this vehicle as it looked like it was a loved car.
The power pole held up, Aurora came out last night to check that it didn't need stabilising.
We were back in bed by 12:30 but it took us awhile to drift off back to sleep.

Update: A workmate knew the fellow who owned this car and you wouldn't believe it but it was owned by a policeman who had just parked the car near a favourite running spot and came back to find it gone.

21 comments:

Melinda said...

The things that go on in the night.

shez said...

OMG Jo what a fright you both would have got

Fiona said...

That's terrible Jo - Lucky Brett was quick thinking.

Hugs - Fee X

Sarah said...

FAR OUT!!!!!!

pricks that stole the car...

Hope you both were wearing PJs!!!!!! (evil laugh)

Christine M said...

That must have been a shock for you. Lucky no-one was hurt or more damage was done.

Farmyard Crafts said...

You live in such a quiet street too!! How sad for the owners of the car. Glad that no one was hurt though.

Lorraine said...

Why?? such a senseless act - stealing a car then torching it....again....why? Great there was no other damage to people/property

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Oh my gosh! I would have been up the rest of the night with all that!
xx, shell

Jan said...

What a fright! It was such a senseless act.r

Lizzie said...

What drama Jo, glad it was all ok in the end..
xxx

De said...

Never a dull moment...........

Helen Stubbings said...

wow you have all the excitement - something about your street and power poles and police lately?

Kris said...

Drama, drama, drama! Not sure what it is about destruction that so fascinates some people. A friend had her car torched out the front of her place. When it was towed away you could see that the fire had been so hot that it had melted the road. Glad you guys were ok. Such a potentially dangerous situation!

Anita said...

Hi Jo, Hope no one was hurt. It makes you sick the way people steal things and then damage it. Thank goodness your hubby was on the phone quick. Hugs, Anita.

Lib said...

Oh dear how shocking for you. My neighbour told me that there were 20 cars stolen in Glenorchy on Saturday night.

Kerri said...

Lucky you have that amazing man of yours that can think fast (sometimes). Lol. Wow what a thing to wake up to. Glad that you guys are OK.

trishie said...

Oh dear. what a shame for the policeman who lost his car...and terribly disgraceful what thugs are out there.

Lynda said...

Being woken like that would have been a fright. Two years ago our daughter's car was stolen and burned out - and all for a bit of fun.

Sue Pickwell said...

Oooh, so glad this wasn't your car, looks like quite the fire to be woken up by....

Valerie Koch said...

Wow Jo, you certainly have some entertaining things go in in your neck of Tasmania..... At least you were topside of the event and not on the lower side of the street

DAWNIE said...

oh my goodness - that is terrible - wow wow wow