ROSWELL N.M.(KRQE)- It’s happened again. Another car went up in flames in Roswell.
Now police are investigating if it was arson, and if so, was it the same arsonist who set fire to more than 20 cars there last year.
No one was ever caught for those car fires that came to a stop late last summer. Now, people in Roswell are wondering if that firebug has come out of retirement.
After 11 last night, Roswell police and firefighters got a call they got used to hearing last year, a car was on fire in a driveway.
“We heard what sounded like a fluorescent bulb pop, and a very bright light. So we looked out the window, we thought it was lightning hitting the tree but my husband said it’s their car, it’s on fire,” said Autumn Breedman, a neighbor.
Breeden called 911 and took a fire extinguisher outside to her next-door neighbor who was trying to put out the fire on her Honda.
The owners of the Honda were teachers. The husband recently gave it to his wife as an anniversary gift.
“This street is an incredible street. All our neighbors came out and helped and we did what a neighborhood is supposed to do,” she said.
This isn’t anything new in Roswell. Last year more than 20 cars were set ablaze in a string of arson attacks, most of them torched in people’s driveways at night.
Police can’t say yet if this incident is related. “Since the investigation is so early right now, no connections have been made to any former arson cases,” said Todd Wildermuth, Public Information Officer for Roswell Police Department.
Right now investigators are still trying to pinpoint how the fire started.
The car fires were so prominent last year that police were running radio ads looking for tips to solve the case. There is still a $1,000 reward out as well.