People left terrified as car explodes in suspected early hours arson attack

People were left terrified after a car was set on fire in a suspected arson attack in the early hours.

One woman described hearing an explosion, then going outside and finding a vehicle on fire near the junction of Mona Road and Fields New Road in Chadderton, Oldham.

Police are treating the fire as an arson attack and say no one is believed to have been injured in the incident.

Helen Ward, 32, a Mona Road resident said: “Around midnight whilst watching TV I heard a bang.

“At first I thought a car had collided into something but when I looked out of the window I could smell something burning.

“I went outside to look and saw the car on fire.

“The fire brigade came and put it all out and the police attended. This is the second time it’s happened on this street.

“It is very scary especially since it is the second time. Luckily my kids are away but the street is full of families and it could have been a lot worse if the bushes and other cars caught on fire too. “

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 12.00am this morning (Friday 06 August 2021), police were called to reports of a van on fire on Mona Road in Chadderton, Oldham.

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“Emergency services attended and the fire was safely extinguished.

“Officers are treating the fire as arson. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.

“No injuries were reported.”

Anyone who has any information should call police on 0161 856 4409 quoting incident number 3387 of 05/08/21.

Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Manchester Evening News – Oldham