'Car just exploded': 18th suspicious fire in area
BREAKING: Police are investigating after a car was burned out in a residential street overnight.
Firefighters and police were called to the blaze outside a block of townhouses in Kowonga St, Pacific Paradise, at 9pm on Saturday.
One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of being targeted, said the "car just exploded".
"I live on the same street; I was woken by explosions and watched the fire trucks scream past," she said.
A spokesman for Queensland Police said the fire appeared to be "suspicious", and scientific testing would be conducted to gather evidence and find out how it started.
It comes after a spate of 17 suspicious fires in the Marcoola to Coolum Beach area.
Last week Good Harvest, an organic fruit and vegetable shop in Marcoola, was severely damaged by flames.
Police last week said they were investigating up to eight suspicious fires they believed to be linked.
They included a fire in the carpark of a Mt Coolum childcare centre about 1.15am on September 12, the bin fire at the IGA, car fires at Wales Ct in Coolum on October 22 and Banksia Ave on November 4 and the Good Harvest Organics fire on Monday.
Vegetation fires on Quarry Rd at Mt Coolum on November 1 and November 6 as well as Tanah St West at Mt Coolum on November 5.
Firefighters have identified a further four separate vegetation fires in the Yaroomba area on October 25, two in the Mt Coolum area on November 1, two in Mt Coolum on November 6 and another at Peregian Springs on October 29 as suspicious.
Back in Kowonga St, the resident the Daily spoke to said the suspected arson attacks had her living in fear her home or car could be next.
"Every little noise I'm jumping up and checking everything," she said.
"Every time I smell smoke I worry what's happening.
"It all been very worrying. If it was someone's house or my own it would be even more devastating."