Report: Springfield car fire believed to be arson, firefighters say

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Report: Springfield car fire believed to be arson, firefighters say

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Springfield police are investigating a possible arson incident that happened Tuesday on North Western Avenue.

Officers were dispatched around 2 p.m. to assist with a car fire near the 110 block, according to a police report.

When crews arrived, they talked with a man who said he witnessed the incident.

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The witness told police he was outside with his dog when he heard a loud bang. He then saw a large man wearing a long coat and blue jeans run between two houses, get into a dark colored car with a spoiler and drive off onto West Columbia Avenue, the report says. He then saw the car on fire across the street from his house.

Officers were then approached by another man who said the car, a Pontiac Grand Am, that caught fire belonged to his girlfriend and he had parked it there around 7 p.m. Monday night.

“(The man) stated that he has not been parking the car at his house due to having issues with unknown individuals,” the report says.

Firefighters told police the car “appeared to be a total loss” and they “believe the damage was caused by arson.”

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“They pointed out that there was burnt cloth on the passenger side of the front windshield. This cloth appeared to have been attached to some type of possible incendiary device. Where this cloth was located, the windshield was also broke,” the report says. “On the rear of the vehicle, the firefighter pointed out what they believed to be an accelerant that had been poured on the trunk area.”

No suspect information was available and no arrests have been made.

Springfield police continue their investigation into this incident.

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