The arson victim praised the firefighters who helped save his property from the blaze.
In the early hours of Saturday, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) received a call indicating that a car was on fire in Ryhope.
A team from the Farringdon Community Fire Station were on the scene in just seven minutes and were able to safely extinguish the blaze before it engulfed the vehicle.
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Unfortunately, the car was damaged beyond repair, but the owner praised the crew for helping save some of their belongings.
Paula, the car’s owner, said the quick response from TWFRS saved her blue badge, crutches, dog harness, leash and dog coat from her Toyota vehicle.
“I am truly grateful to the firefighters who came so quickly to help and were able to put out the blaze,” said Paula.
“It meant that they were able to save some of my possessions and I’m really grateful for everything they did.
“It was scary but I just want to say a big thank you to the emergency services for what they are doing.”
The blaze is being treated as malicious and is being investigated by Northumbria Police alongside a second car fire in Ryhope on Friday evening.
Group Director Tony Markwell of TWFRS said: “We are happy that we were able to recover some of Paula’s belongings and that no one was injured.
“We were able to get to the scene and extinguish the fire fairly quickly and it kept the whole vehicle from catching fire.
“We have extinguished a second car fire in the immediate vicinity and are supporting our fellow police in their investigation.
“Anyone with information is urged to contact the police. We will continue to do our part to keep you safe and create the safest community. “
If you have any information about the fire, contact Northumbria Police online or by calling 101, citing 002978K / 22.
Alternatively, you can contact Firestoppers anonymously on 0800 169 5558, or by filling out a form on their website.
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