Firefighters have extinguished a car fire high up upon St George’s Down this evening (Sunday).
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to reports of a large fire on the downland between Newport and Arreton at just before 17:15.
A wholetime appliance was mobilised to the scene, where it was soon discovered that a car had been deliberately torched.
It’s thought the vehicle – now completely destroyed by fire – was a Mercedes A-Class.
Green Watch from Newport Fire Station used the app ‘what3words’ to pinpoint the exact location of the blaze for their colleagues at fire control. The app, which gives a specific 3-word code to a 3mx3m square, was needed due to the remote location.
St George’s Down has become a hotspot for suspicious car fires, this being the fourth such incident. The last car fire was back in August, as previously reported by Island Echo.