A massive car fire caught on camera by an eagle-eyed Observer reader is being treated by the fire service as ‘suspicious’.
Photography student Shaun Richardson, of Walter Street, Oswaldtwistle, was alerted to the blaze on his street by neighbours.
Mr Richardson, 52, said: “Somebody came knocking on our door saying there was a car on fire.
“The fire melted the fascia panel on one of the doors of the house. I’m just glad it wasn't my car fortunately.
“You could really feel the heat and it was very warm.
“I’m not sure what happened but somebody said there was a spark that started the fire so it could be an electrical fault.”
Firefighters from Hyndburn were called to Walter Street to find the vehicle ablaze and spent 20 minutes putting it out.
Richard Edney, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman, said: “When we arrived the car was on fire. We requested the attendance of the police and put out the fire.
“It caused damage to the engine and passenger compartments and also to a door on one of the houses on the road.
“It wasn’t the fire itself that caused the damage but the heat.
“We believe the fire to be suspicious and we are working with the police and fire crews to establish what went on.”
The incident took place at around 8.40pm on Friday, December 6.
Lancashire Police said the cause of the fire is still unknown and they are not yet treating it as either suspicious or arson.