A Mercedes Benz 4WD and four other cars have been destroyed by a suspicious fire at Bellevue Hill in Sydney’s east, with neighbours claiming the 4WD has been targeted before.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at Birriga Road to find five vehicles fully alight just before 5am.
Four of the cars were destroyed and one was damaged.
The fire started in a 2004 Mercedes Benz 4WD which was parked in a driveway, and spread to four other cars parked in the street after the car’s fuel tank ruptured.
The vehicle belongs to the family of Amanda Arbib, who has previously been charged with drug possession.
Neighbours say they were woken by loud explosions and the sound of breaking glass as the vehicles were engulfed by fireballs.
“I thought it was fireworks because it just seemed to keep going and it was like doosh doosh doosh,” witness Daniel Micallef told 9NEWS.
Firefighters managed to stop the flames from spreading further amid fears fuel would run down to more cars along the steep street.
“It’s pretty horrific, you don’t know how far it’s spreading, going down a steep street, the oil from the cars and the petrol spreading to other cars,” resident Guy Beynon said.
Detectives are investigating if the Mercedes 4WD was the target.
No charges have yet been laid.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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