Tulsa Man Wakes To Find Car Engulfed In Flames

Sunday, August 22nd 2010, 8:35 am
By: News On 6

By Chris Wright and NewsOn6.com

TULSA, OK -- A Tulsa man woke in the early hours of Sunday morning to find his car engulfed in flames.

Investigators say David Williams may be the victim of vandalism.

Williams said he was sleeping when he heard popping noises outside his home at about 2:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of South Jamestown.

"Just a pop here and there. I thought it was someone slamming doors, coming home from a party or something like that. Then I heard a big old boom, threw me off. Pretty heavy door they slammed," Williams said.

He looked out the window and saw the pops were actually flames shooting up from the family sedan parked in the street in front of his house.

Williams called 911 then used a garden hose to spray down grass and bushes around the car in an attempt to protect his property.

The fire is still under investigation, but the Tulsa Fire Department says it was intentionally set.

Williams lives on Jamestown with his wife and 3-month-old.

"Thank God that the baby's OK, that the fire didn't spread to the house," Williams said.

Williams says Tulsa firefighters were at the scene within a few minutes and were able to get the fire under control. He says the whole incident is bizarre.

"That's the only thing I can think of, someone coming by and throwing a cigarette in or something like that," said Williams.

It was either an accident, or an act of vandalism that cost Williams his car.

Anyone with information about this fire is encouraged to call the arson hotline at 596-ARSN.