Plymouth woman watches Mercedes go up in flames in suspected arson attack
A WOMAN was said to have been in a "distressed" state after watching her Mercedes go up in flames in a suspected arson attack, the fire service has said.
Firefighters were called to Hooe Hill, in Plymstock, at around 10.30pm on Saturday after a call from the female owner of a silver Mercedes E200 who reported her car was on fire.
A crew from Plymstock fire station attended the incident and said the car was "well alight" when they got there.
Watch Manager Pete Tobin said: "We could see the flames from the bottom of the hill so we knew it was well alight. The car was parked outside the owners house and the female owner was very distressed."
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The fire is being treated as suspected arson, Watch Manager Tobin said.
"The fire is of doubtful origin. We suspect it is probably arson. We were at the scene until after midnight because we had to wait for a specialist fire investigation officer to come down from Paignton to carry out an investigation into the cause of the fire," he said.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that an investigation is now underway.