Scene of the Mountain Creek car fires. Two cars were set on fire on different dates during the night. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Scene of the Mountain Creek car fires. Two cars were set on fire on different dates during the night. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Arsonist targets young mum

A SERIAL arsonist is believed to have targeted a young mum now living in fear after two cars were set alight in her driveway in separate attacks.

The Mountain Creek woman heard a bang and looked outside to see her mother's car glowing with orange flames just before midnight on Wednesday.

She raced for a hose and tried to douse the flames when a neighbour yelled out for her to get away in case it exploded.

It was déjÀ vu after the woman's hatchback was incinerated in the same spot only three weeks earlier.

"I fear that whoever's done this obviously doesn't want me here," she said yesterday as she surveyed the shell of her mother's car.

"It is terrifying.

"I want whoever did it caught.

"I need to move."

Police detectives are investigating any suspect who may have wanted to target the Mountain Creek family.

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said officers would look to interview any person suspected of the double arson.

The woman's son was supposed to be celebrating his first birthday yesterday.

Instead a cloud hung over the Bundilla Blvd home, where both burnt-out cars remained in the driveway as evidence in the police investigation.

Two prams and a baby car seat in the back of the woman's hatchback were burnt in the first arson.

"It's very disturbing," she said.

"Why would anyone do this?

"Whoever did this, I just can't comprehend."

The woman said she feared a former neighbour might be responsible for the arson.

A neighbour told the Daily they were worried about living on the street where the woman was being targeted.

"(Police) would wanna hurry up and get whoever it is before someone gets killed," one man said.

"What's to say next time it won't be the house?"

Neighbours say they have kept a lookout for suspicious cars in the street and already reported at least one vehicle's registration details to police.

Anyone with information that could help police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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