A massive fire in a carport has damaged some 50 cars in Swedish city Umeå. Police say they were called at 22:09 on Friday evening.
“We have about 50 cars that are completely burned out, or damaged to some degree” said Conny Qwarforth of the fire service to P4 Västerbotten.
Roads around the areas were closed by police because of the large amount of smoke coming from the fire.
The police suspect that the fire was started deliberately.
“An investigation regarding grave arson has been started because police suspect the fire is started deliberately, based amongst other things on the quick development of the fire.”
Oscar Berglund, deputy investigative leader at the police told Aftonbladet that they have witness observations that they are working with.
During Saturday morning it was still too hot for police technicians to investigate the crime scene.
Massive increase in car fires last decades – 283%
Sweden has seen a huge increase in car fires over the last 20 years. In 1998, there was only 380 car fires.
In 2017, this had increase to a whopping 1 457 car fires. This means there has been a 283% increase in car fires in Sweden in 19 years.
But the year 2016 saw even more car fires, a whopping 1 641. This means there was 4.5 cars set on fire every day on average during that year.