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E.P. police probing suspicious car fire

July 9, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police continue to investigate a suspicious car fire that occurred Thursday night near the corner of Dearborn and Ormond drives in Riverside.
A female car owner/victim indicated to Officer Charles Walkup that she didn't see or hear anyone in the area at the time of the blaze. A witness, however, indicated she observed a dark-colored, newer-model vehicle – perhaps a Mazda – with Rhode Island plates proceeding slowly past the heavily-damaged vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m.
She also told Walkup she saw three white juveniles inside, and one of them tossed something “smoking” into the victim's car window before slowly driving away and heading west on Grassy Plains Road.
Whether it was some type of firework, police wouldn't say, but they still are searching for the car and/or individuals who may be responsible for causing the conflagration.
Walkup had responded to the scene at 9:45 p.m. Upon arrival, he saw a parked car facing north on Ormond Drive completely engulfed in flames. He immediately radioed dispatch to notify the fire department.
The victim explained she had parked on the roadway at about 8:45 p.m., and had left the car windows open. In addition, she told the officer she didn't have any known enemies, and didn't know anyone who could have done something so dastardly.
Walkup then strolled the area to talk to anyone who may have seen the crime, and that's when the witness mentioned the slow-moving car.
Dispatchers notified patrol officers to keep an eye out for any vehicle matching the witness' description, but they were unable to locate it.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze without any other damage to surrounding areas. The city's fire prevention officer arrived at the scene to investigate, but claimed the car had been too heavily burned to get an understanding of how or where the fire had started.
A tow truck then moved the car to an undisclosed location.

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