Police investigate after car is set on fire in the driveway of Mount Gambier’s home

Police are investigating a suspicious car fire on Mount Gambier overnight, in what appears to be a targeted attack on a woman who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

Emergency services were called to the residential street just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday after reports of a vehicle on fire.

A Holden sedan was set ablaze in the driveway, threatening to spread to the house.

The fire brigade extinguished the fire, which destroyed the car and damaged the building.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said he understood the car belonged to the woman who tested positive for COVID-19.

“People shouldn’t assume they know what’s going on,” he said.

“It is completely unnecessary, it is unjustified that they have committed a serious crime and if we track them down, we will deal with them appropriately.

“I’m just asking people to show tolerance. We don’t know exactly what’s going on. Let’s get to the bottom of this and we’ll provide that information to the community as soon as possible.”

Crime scene investigators and local detectives were on hand during the night and will continue the investigation.

Mount Gambier was plunged into a week of severe restrictions after the woman tested positive for COVID-19.

She is currently in hotel quarantine in Adelaide with her children.


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