Residents of a street in Weymouth have said they are 'shocked and scared' after a suspected arson attack.

A crew from Weymouth Fire Station was called to a car blaze on Hawkweed Road in Littlemoor at 12.47am on Friday, November 24.

Firefighters found the vehicle to be 'well alight' on arrival.

Police were requested to attend, and the fire is believed to have been deliberate. At the time of writing, no arrests have been made.

The partner of the owner of the car said: "I saw someone drop fuel on it (the car) and set it on fire. I am shocked. 

"Thank you to the fire brigade for coming so quickly."

Shocked residents say that the incident has left them scared and worried.

One resident said: "It is scary that this has happened outside my house."

Another said: "I was quite shocked this morning when I got out the door and saw it. It was so close to my house.

"My little ones were shocked and I was like 'oh my goodness me'. 

"We are not on the main road, we are out of the way. It is worrying."

A fellow resident of Hawkweed Road said: "It was quite early hours of the morning. There were the lights from the fire engines but not sirens."

Dorset Echo:

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: "We received a report at 12.51am this morning (Friday, November 24) from the fire service in relation to a vehicle fire in Hawkweed Road in Weymouth.

"Officers attended to assist the fire service and an update was received at 1.45am that the fire was out.

"The cause of the fire is believed to have been deliberate and enquiries into the matter are ongoing. No arrests have been made."

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said: "We received a call at 12.47am this morning about a vehicle fire on Hawkreed Road, Weymouth.

"A crew from Weymouth attended the incident which involved a single car, well alight on arrival. Two breathing apparatus wearers used two hose reels to extinguish the fire."

The stop message - meaning the incident is under control and no further resources are required - came in at 1.22am.