Car intentionally set on fire feet away from baby's room - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Car intentionally set on fire feet away from baby's room

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Someone set a car on fire in a Memphis mother's driveway, feet away from her baby's room.

It happened after midnight Tuesday morning, near Vanderwood Drive and Lansford Drive in Raleigh.

Investigators said they are investigating this case as arson because they believe someone lit the passenger side of the Dodge Neon on fire.

The family told us nobody was hurt and the house was not visibly damaged.

Madison Bevell, whose car was destroyed by the fire, said she was woken up by her dogs’ barking at 1 a.m.

"I hear my car horn going off and I looked through my bookcase in the window, and I see flames around it right here," Bevell said. “"I rushed to get out of the house, and I mean, my car was in flames like 15 feet high. It was terrible."

Neighbors reported seeing a woman run across their lawn just before the fire started. One neighbor even said the woman locked herself out of her car and asked for a crowbar to break the glass and drive away.

Bevell said she may know the arsonist, but investigators need proof.

The family lost a car seat, stroller and several other items that were in the car.

“The car was exploding as soon as we came out, so I was afraid to come inside and see something wrong, my house burning. But nothing but the car was destroyed, and that's okay."

Fire investigators ask that anyone with information about the arson call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH (2274) or the State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

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