The owner of a blue ute that caught on fire in the Village Centre car park on Thursday is disheartened about the incident.
Kay Nash said the car was in “immaculate condition” before the fire, which melted the front end of the ute.
“It was uninsured,” she said.
“The furthest it was ever driven was Sydney or Canberra.
“Everything plastic, including the dashboard and wires, melted. It is very disheartening.
“We have been told that it can be fixed but we aren’t sure what we are going to do with it. The motor is no good.”
Mrs Nash wanted to thank the Village Centre cleaner and the firefighters who put the fire out.
A shopper found the car smoking on February 25 when he returned to his car at about 7pm.
Jordan Kosalka, 19, of Tomakin, was in the Village Centre on Thursday evening when he had to call emergency services to put out a car fire.
He said the blue Holden ute became completely engulfed in flames within minutes.
“We were in the mall for about a hour and we came down the escalators into the car park,” Jordan explained.
“We were parked right near the bottom of the escalators and, as we were getting into our car, we realised the car next to us was smoking pretty badly.
“I moved my car straight away and told the mall cleaner then rang emergency services.
“The cleaner tried to put a hose onto the car to put the fire out. The car caught completely alight. The whole front of the car was on fire.
“It didn’t spread to any other cars.”
Jordan said the experience was “scary”.
“The car was destroyed. If I hadn’t of moved my car from right next to it, it would be gone as well,” he said.
“If we had of been a minute longer, I think my car would have been damaged from it.
“It burnt for about 15 minutes before the firefighters got there.”
Retained firefighters attended the scene and spent an hour putting the fire out.
A police spokesman said the fire started in the engine bay but the cause was unknown.
“The day was extremely hot and there were no indications of anything untoward. There will be no further investigations,” he said.
Meanwhile, a car also caught alight on the Kings Highway on Monday.
Braidwood firefighters responded to reports of a black sedan on fire near Government Bend.
“Crews responded at 10.20am to reports of a car alight and a single car motor vehicle crash. A small oil fire in the engine bay was extinguished when we got there,” a spokesman said.
The car was not damaged extensively and no one was injured.