SUV that caught fire

Arsonist torches a house, himself and his getaway vehicle, police say

Pair of blazes in Newton Wednesday morning involved Newton home and an SUV.



Police are investigating the possibility that an arsonist accidentally lit himself on fire, then ran to an SUV which his burning body set ablaze.

On Wednesday at 1:30 a.m., crews responded to a fire at a home in the 7900-block of 134 Street.

When they arrived, they found the garage door of a home and an SUV on fire about a half-a-block away.

Police believe the fire at the home was intentionally set and that the person who set it may have been on fire when they got into the SUV, setting the vehicle ablaze.

The 2011 Ford Escape was reported stolen later in the morning.

At the time of the fire, a resident of the home saw three men running from the residence and get into the SUV.

He also noted there was a small fire in the vehicle as it drove off.

It crashed into a fence and cedar hedge and continued to burn.

There has been no reports of any injuries.

Police say the investigation is still in the very early stages as officers try to determine the exact circumstances and possible motive behind this incident.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.