Abandoned van blaze in Northampton was arson, say investigators

Officers have called on the public to contact 101 to help with their investigation

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 9:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 9:32 am

Police and fire fighters believe a van was abandoned and set alight in Northampton over the weekend.

Fire crews were called to the incident in Balfour Road, Queens Park, on Saturday night at around 11pm where they found a white Ford Transit van's door open, windows smashed and on fire.

A Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "A crew from The Mounts was called to reports of a van on fire at Balfour Road in Northampton at 11.04pm on Saturday (April 24).

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The blaze in Balfour Road

"Crews used two hose reel jets and one breathing apparatus to help extinguish the flames. The van, a white Ford Transit, was severely damaged by the fire but was believed to be abandoned due to the windows being smashed and one of the doors being open.

"The cause of the blaze is believed to be due to a deliberate ignition. Crews left the scene at 11.31pm."

Northamptonshire Police said they were also called to the scene and believe the fire was deliberate.

A police spokeswoman said: "Witnesses are encouraged to contact us on 101 quoting ref number 21000227341."