Fire department investigates suspicious car fire

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond fire investigators are looking into a suspicious car fire that destroyed one vehicle and damaged several others. It happened at the Bramblewood Estates Apartment Complex near the corner of Jahnke and German School Roads.

Bradley Robb is an Iraq war veteran who saw his share of car bombings, while serving in the war torn country. He never expected to see that kind of violence in the parking lot of his quiet apartment complex in south Richmond.

"The fire seemed to hit the steering wheel on the burning car and the alarm went off and kind of dragged everyone in the neighborhood outside," said Robb.

The alarm was no test or accident. The truck was engulfed in flames.

"The Buick was already roaring in flames and I saw my truck behind it also starting to flame and smoke, I grabbed my shoes and my keys and moved my truck as quick as I could," he said.

Almost immediately, the main victim and his neighbors suspected the fire was no accident.

"Cars just don't burst into flames by themselves," Robb said.

Fire investigators aren't ready to label the fire an arson quite yet. But the evidence seems to be pointing to a deliberate act. According to Robb, the vehicles' tires were slashed and sugar was found in the gas tank.

"The car that was the main target has already been taken away, but those that were near it, are still here and you can see the damage that was left behind," said Robb.

Damage, Robb is left to clean up, hoping this is the last time his neighborhood will see something like this.

"No, this is a safe neighborhood. I do believe this is isolated, yes," he said.

The man whose car appears to be the target did not want to talk to us on camera, but he did say he has no idea who would want to attack him in such a way. Right now he is in search of a new car seat for his one year daughter. That too, was destroyed when his vehicle went up flames.

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