Police investigate Ballarat car fire hotspot

Emergency services arrive at the scene about 8pm on Wednesday. Picture: Supplied.
Emergency services arrive at the scene about 8pm on Wednesday. Picture: Supplied.

Police are investigating a suspicious car fire in Nerrina on Wednesday night following a string of similar incidents in surrounding bushland.

CFA crews rushed to the scene near Glenisla Road about 8pm and it took three trucks to control the blaze, which edged close to nearby scrub.

Ballarat City Fire Station senior officer Scott Gambino said it was a reckless act as it was still dry from summer.

“It could potentially take off, conditions are still dry and of course it’s a concern,” he said.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, said she saw another car on fire on March 13 in the same area.

“We were just driving past and I saw it was already well alight when we got there,” she said. 

“That’s the second car in the exact same spot in less than a week.”

Ballarat police Sergeant Ross Edwards confirmed there had been a spate of car fires in the area in recent weeks.

“It could be people whose fingerprints we have or those involved in evading officers,” he said.

An investigation is ongoing.