Vandals destroy three cars in Vernon after setting fire

Crews battled a fire that destroyed three cars in Vernon. (Chas Konarski)

Vernon police and fire investigators are searching for whoever is responsible for destroying three cars in the Rockville section of town this week.

A mother who owned one of those cars watched as her vehicle melted away.

“Within seconds my car is on fire too and things are just popping, glass breaking, tires popping, just, huge fire,” said Carrie Lapworth.

Firefighters gained control of the fire on Wednesday morning, before it spread further. Now investigators are treating it as suspicious.

The fire started in Lapworth’s fiancé’s car, and then spread to her own, and then the garage where a friend’s mustang was stored.

All three were ruined and the garage will need to be torn down.

“Now that the shock has worn off, it's very disheartening, you don't feel safe anymore really. To think someone like this could happen, it's not a good feeling at all,” Lapworth said.

She said they feel like leaving Rockville. As for those responsible for destroying their cars, Lapworth said “I just hope they get help, that's sick, you don't just light people's cars on fire for fun. You ruined like a lot of our life, you know."

Vernon police have also received reports of other types of vandalism in the same time frame, though it’s not clear if they are connected.

Lapworth said that she has coverage that will cover this damage, but that’s not the case for her fiancé.

Meanwhile, friends and family have been raising money through a GoFundMe page, which can be found here.

Vernon police said anyone with information on this should contact them.

To see more photos from the fire posted by the Vernon Fire Department, click here.

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