Cars burnt in suspicious Bellevue Hill fire

Bellevue Hill residents wake to find cars ablaze on an outside street in an apparent arson attack.

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Fire has destroyed four cars in Bellevue Hill in Sydney’s east after fuel from one of the vehicles ignited and ran down a street, firefighters said. 

Firefighters from Bondi and Woollahra responded to the blaze on Birriga Road in about 4.50am on Monday. 

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said the first vehicle’s fuel tank ruptured and “ignited fuel ran down the road”.

Two of the cars destroyed by fire at Bellevue Hill on Birriga Road.

Two of the cars destroyed by fire at Bellevue Hill on Birriga Road. Photo: Patrick Begley

Police said that vehicle was a 2004-model Mercedes Benz four-wheel-drive, which was parked in the driveway of a house divided into units.

Shay Zakhaim, one of the occupants, said he moved his baby son to the back of the house after seeing the fire. 

The inside of the first car that caught alight.

The inside of the first car that caught alight. Photo: Patrick Begley

“It got bigger and bigger,” he said. “It was a big fire because the gas tanks kept exploding.”

Mr Zakhaim’s 2010-model Honda CRV received minor damaged while three other cars were destroyed: a 2015-model VW Passat, a 2013-model Ford Focus, and a 2012-model Kia Rio.

No one was injured in the incident.

Guy Beynon, a neighbour who lived directly across the street, said he was woken at 4.45am to what sounded like a bottle being smashed.

“A couple of minutes later I looked outside through the stained glass window of the front door and I could see flames across the road,” he said.

Mr Beynon said by the time he had called the fire service the blaze had already spread to a second car. 

A crime scene was established and police from the Rose Bay Local Area Command are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.