A car set on fire in broad daylight could have spread and damaged homes north of Ballarat.
Fire crews were called to the scene at the Ballarat New Cemetery about 11.10am on Tuesday, after a cemetery worker found the car ablaze in bushland.
The white Toyota ute was not found near any grave sites, and at no stage were any graves in danger.
No one was hurt, and the fire was quickly extinguished before it spread.
Workers said the car drove through a cemetery gate with a flat tyre, and may have been involved in other incidents in Ballarat earlier that morning - commenters on Facebook have mentioned a similar ute involved in a hit-and-run on Lydiard Street about 11am, and other dangerous driving.
Police at the scene said they were able to identify the vehicle, and believe it may have been stolen.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fire is underway, and police are appealing for witnesses.
Anyone with information should phone Ballarat police station on 5336 6000, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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