A PAIR of Seascapes tradies were quick to call firefighters on Wednesday after a blue Toyota Camry went up in flames on Acerosa Boulevard.
Builders Mark and Dennis Timms said as soon as they saw the car on fire they downed tools and ran towards the vehicle to make sure there were no children inside.
“That’s as far as we went heroically,” Mark said.
“Obviously we would’ve gone further if someone was inside.”
The father and son team called the firies and watched from a safe distance as the car battery went “up like a bomb”.
The men didn't remember seeing the owner of the car before noticing the blaze about 12.30pm.
“I don’t think anybody purposely lit it because surely we would’ve noticed that,” Dennis said.
“It started at the engine.”
Car owner Glen Merks said he couldn’t believe it when he returned from lunch with his parents to find his half burnt-out vehicle.
“I’m just glad this didn’t happen when I had my two young children in the vehicle,” he said.
“I don’t know what to think; I can’t believe it.”
Mr Merks said he bought the car three to fours years ago and always kept up to date with services.
“The fire brigade were just leaving as I walked back from lunch so I haven’t spoken to them yet,” he said.
Mr Merks was contacting a tow truck company as the Mail left.