Pensioner the latest victim of Wagga’s car fire carnage

A pensioner is the latest victim of Wagga’s spate of car fires. 

Wens de Jong, a 79-year-old Lake Albert resident, was shattered to find his 2002 Nissan Pulsar burnt out after his Gregadoo Road home was broken into while he was sleeping. 

His wallet was also stolen. 

“It wasn’t much but he loved it,” his daughter Kate de Jong said. 

“They just don’t realise the impact when they’re doing this, a pensioner now has to spend $6-7000 on a new car.” 

“He didn’t get much sleep last night, they live in this big house and now they’re petrified in it.” 

Firefighters from Turvey Park Fire Station responded to an incident at Jack Misson Oval in Ashmont at 3.20am on Saturday, February 10.

A spokesman from Turvey Park Fire Station said the car was “alight”.

The fire has left scorch marks and melted rubber across the oval. 

Mr de Jong’s loss adds to the city’s ever-growing list of car fires. 

Last month, Turvey Park fire commander Jeff Edwards said the region has on average one car fire every three days and blasted the trend as “shameful.” 



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