Early morning flames engulf Gold Coast property, vintage Holdens impacted.
In a disturbing turn of events on Australia's Gold Coast, an early morning fire suspected to be the work of an arsonist has drawn the attention of local law enforcement. The blaze occurred at a rural property situated along Jenkins Court in the Upper Coomera area and broke out around 2:15 a.m. The property owner was awakened just in the nick of time and managed to extinguish the fire, saving some of the classic cars housed within the shed. However, two iconic Australian-made vehicles—a 1968 Holden HK series and a 1971 Holden Monaro—were not spared and sustained damage in the inferno.
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Local fire investigators, who were swiftly on the scene, found traces of an "accelerant," a substance used to escalate the intensity and speed of a fire. This discovery has prompted the police to launch a full-scale arson investigation. Given the property's rural location and the specific nature of the items targeted, it raises alarm over whether collectors of vintage vehicles might be at particular risk.
Authorities have declared the area an official crime scene and have put out a call to the public for assistance. They are actively seeking information that might help identify the perpetrator or perpetrators behind this deeply unsettling event. Law enforcement officials are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have witnessed unusual or suspicious activity in the vicinity of Jenkins Court in the early morning hours when the incident occurred.
As the investigation continues, the event serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of treasured collections—especially those housed in remote or less-secured locations. With a major investigation now underway, authorities are sparing no effort to bring the individual or individuals responsible for this destructive act to justice.
Source: Gold Coast Bulletin