A COUPLE said they could have been killed when their two cars were torched.
David and Denise Bartlett were awoken after 1am on Wednesday when their two Renaults were set alight in Fitzharry’s Road.
A third car, a Nissan Micra, also caught fire.
The flames spread to wheelie bins but were put out before they set alight the garage that is attached to their home.
A 21-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged with the arson.
Mrs Bartlett, 66, said one of her neighbours saw the flames and called the fire service.
She said: “If we hadn’t had neighbours who were alert, the fire could have spread to the house easily.”
Her £22,000 Renault Megane and her husband’s £25,000 Renault Vel Satis have both been written off.
Mr Bartlett, 67, said: “We could have died.”
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent two fire engines and two firefighters put out the blaze.
Crew manager Adam Cook said: “This was a very serious incident but could have been life threatening had the fire spread into the properties.”
Lee Tyler yesterday appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court charged with arson with intent, seven counts of criminal damage, and one of theft from a motor vehicle. Tyler, of Richmere Road, Didcot, was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court next Friday.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
UPDATE: Mayfair Road man appears in court on Barton murder charge as alleged victim is named as Wojciech Ryniak
11:04am Saturday 25th April 2015
A MAN has today appeared in court charged with murder after a man was found with chest injuries in Barton late on Tuesday night.
9:04am Saturday 25th April 2015
ONE man’s mission to get 200 more public defibrillators across Oxfordshire has smashed its target thanks to the Oxford Mail.
1:56pm Saturday 25th April 2015
A MAN has today appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a stun gun after an incident in Mayfair Road on Tuesday evening.
12:00pm Saturday 25th April 2015
WILD boar have been spotted in parts of Oxfordshire.
8:57am Saturday 25th April 2015
A CONSERVATION group has said historically important sections of The Randolph Hotel were left largely unscathed by last week’s major fire.
8:53am Saturday 25th April 2015
CYBER crime in Oxford is becoming so prevalent it is replacing traditional thefts, a police chief has said.