FIRED UP: Nathan Crow had his car doused in fuel overnight in Barney Point.
FIRED UP: Nathan Crow had his car doused in fuel overnight in Barney Point. Brenda Strong GLAFUEL

Firebug fears after car is doused in petrol at Barney Pt

A BLEARY-eyed Nathan Crow was struggling to fall asleep when he sensed something outside his Barney Point house.

It was around 2am on Tuesday when Mr Crow walked to his front window to see a car parked on the wrong side of the road.

Little did he know that the new Subaru WRX he had bought in Brisbane three days earlier was in the process of being doused in petrol.

Mr Crow believes the incident was a part of a spate of car fires in the area.

"I could hear a car driving slowly down my street," he said.

"I live along a split road and they pulled onto the wrong side of the road, without their headlights on."

At the time Mr Crow had his new limited-edition Subaru WRX parked on the street.

"There was a strong smell of petrol. I thought the smell could be coming from QAL... but the fumes were a lot stronger," he said.

After a short while the car left the scene and Mr Crow phoned the police.

In the morning Mr Crow noticed petrol had been poured into his back window and onto the back seat, damaging the paint.

He spent all day Tuesday cleaning the inside of the car.

"I didn't even have time to insure it," Mr Crow said. "I hope they find the people responsible."

Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said this was the first petrol-dousing incident he had heard of in Gladstone.

A fortnight ago a vehicle in Alder St, New Auckland, was set on fire.

Mr Crow said while he couldn't determine who had been driving the car, he insisted it was a random attack.

Gladstone Police said Mr Crow had not made an official report to the station.

Nathan Crow had his car doused in fuel in Barney Point.
Nathan Crow had his car doused in fuel in Barney Point. Brenda Strong


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