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Watch: Car torched in Karnup starts grass fire

The ute and motorcycle on fire in Karnup. Vision: Tex Reeks

Authorities are investigating after an allegedly stolen car was set alight in Karnup overnight. 

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) received a triple zero call that a ute was on fire along Paganoni Road, near Mandurah Road, about 2am. 

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a Mitsubishi Triton, along with a motorcycle in the tray, and surrounding grass engulfed by flames. 

Crews worked quickly to extinguish the blaze and stop flames spreading to nearby bushland. 

A DFES spokesperson said crews believe the fire was “deliberately lit.”

Police were called to the scene; the vehicle believed to be stolen. 

Firefighters estimate the damage bill to be worth more than $20,000.

This incident comes just a month after a deliberately lit car fire caused a bushfire emergency several kilometers away in Nambeelup.

The fire came dangerously close to homes, destroyed vehicles and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate in December 2019.

It took more than 130 career and volunteer firefighters from across the region several days to extinguish the 170 hectare blaze.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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