Fireman finds car in flames

By Rhys Chamberlain

Richard Warrington with his burned-out Nissan Navara. Photo / Otago Daily Times
Richard Warrington with his burned-out Nissan Navara. Photo / Otago Daily Times

A volunteer fireman, paged to attend a car fire, was shocked when he stepped out of his house and realised it was his own vehicle ablaze.

Dunedin volunteer firefighter Phil Warrington said his pager went off about 2.05am on Saturday while he was asleep at his Maia home.

By the time he got outside to head to the station, his Toyota Landcruiser and his twin brother's Nissan Navara, parked behind, were well alight.

"I go to jump in the vehicle and they were both on fire," Mr Warrington said.

"It's not a great look when we go to turn up for our community and somebody does this to your personal vehicles.

"I'm gutted about it."

Firefighters were called to the Burkes Drive address and dealt with the blaze but Mr Warrington was unable to help as he had no equipment.

His vehicle was worth about $30,000 and insurance assessors indicated yesterday that damage to paint and tyres, and the smoke damage, would be repaired.

The excess on both vehicles was $500.

It was not the first time Mr Warrington, a sales executive, had had his "pride and joy" damaged.

He said in 2014, his previous Landcruiser was hit by a rental vehicle that crossed the centre line near Moeraki.

Mr Warrington suffered a broken neck and broken ribs, and his vehicle was written off.

Brother Richard, a Land Search and Rescue volunteer and employee at Read Marine, was not so lucky. His insurance assessors indicated that his $20,000 vehicle was likely to be written off.

He had search and rescue equipment inside, which he said would have to be replaced.

"It was a real shock to the system, especially since it's nothing I have especially done.

"We've both got fulltime jobs and we work hard for what we've got.

Both men believed the fires were just random acts.

Police were treating the fires, and a third car blaze in Halls Rd, Sawyers Bay, about 7pm on Saturday, as suspicious.

A police spokeswoman said yesterday that officers were still investigating.Otago Daily Times

- Otago Daily Times

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