TWO incidents in the space of just 12 hours continued the spate of car fires in Orange.
Just hours after what was the fifth car fire in as many days on Tuesday night, firefighters were forced to extinguish a vehicle set ablaze in broad daylight on Wednesday morning.
A white Holden Berlina International was torched in a reserve on Leura Road in Glenroi at about 10am on Wednesday, completely destroying the vehicle.
The remains of a second burned-out car already occupy a corner of the small park.
VIDEO: The smoldering remains of the Holden Berlina ...
Police and NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers were called to the southern end of Lone Pine Avenue at about 10pm on Tuesday to find a fiery inferno engulfing a Ford Territory.
NSW RFS captain Geoff Selwood said the fire was so intense it had melted the aluminium bullbar on the front of the car, with the vehicle covered in "a lot" of petrol, which made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish the blaze.
"When we arrived it was well and truly lit up, focused towards the front, and it was so intense it managed to melt the aluminium bullbar," he said.
Mr Selwood said firefighters battled for nearly 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze, but with the entire vehicle and ground beneath the car doused in petrol, RFS crews were forced to use foam and fire-retardant powder to fully extinguish the car.
The car was believed to have been stolen on Tuesday night, but police couldn't confirm any details of either the fire or theft.
There has now been almost 20 vehicles set alight in Orange this year.
The spate of car thefts and arson in 2019 has followed on from a wave of similar crime towards the end of last year, with 10 vehicles stolen and torched in December alone.
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