Lismore man in shock after his car fire-bombed
Unable to sleep in the early hours of Monday morning, Mr Swift was making a cup of tea when he heard a ‘whoosh’ and noticed an orange glow outside his Lismore home.
The painter stepped out the door of his life-long home to find the bonnet of his ute ablaze, along with the grass around it leading to a caravan he had parked in the yard.
“About one o’clock I looked out the back door and there was a big orange glow out the back here,” Mr Swift said.
“Someone had poured petrol over the top of it (the car).”
A pile of wood stacked in front of the caravan also came dangerously close to going up in flames.
“I had a tarp covering it so it just went up as well.”
Mr Swift was visibly traumatised by the arson attack when he spoke to The Northern Star early yesterday afternoon.
“I have no idea who it was. I’ve got no enemies,” the painter said.
“I’m glad I was up, but I’ll have a few restless months.”
Mr Swift was quick to act when he saw the fire.
He rushed inside and grabbed his household fire extinguishers – saving his caravan and timber home from incineration.
In the light of day, the scorched yard was a sorry sight.
Some of the ute’s wiring had melted through, along with the front mudguards and half of the bonnet.
The flames also melted part of a toy car belonging to the child living next door.
Neighbours called the fire brigade just after 1am, but Mr Swift had extinguished most of the fire by the time firefighters arrived.
After fixing his car and repainting it, Mr Swift plans to install a fence and sensor lights at his home in a bid to deter any further attacks.