POLICE have launched an arson investigation after firefighters were called to a blazing car in Southampton last night.

Revealing details of the incident Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said it suspected the fire in Staplehurst Close, Weston, was started deliberately.

Daily Echo: A damaged Ford Fiesta Zetec in Staplehurst Close, WestonA damaged Ford Fiesta Zetec in Staplehurst Close, Weston

Police have now confirmed that the blaze is being treated as arson.

A crew from Hightown fire station dealt with the incident, which occurred just after 10.30pm.

Hants Fire Control tweeted: "A car fire in Staplehurst Close dealt with by Hightown. Unfortunately cause doubtful."

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: "We were called at 10.39pm last night with reports of a car on fire in Staplehurst Close.

"The car is a white Ford Fiesta Zetec.

Daily Echo: Firefighters in Staplehurst Close, WestonFirefighters in Staplehurst Close, Weston

"Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident 2385 of 17 November."

In September a black BMW was destroyed after bursting into flames at Kendal Avenue, Millbrook, and a blue Mini parked nearby was also damaged. Police said the blaze was being treated as suspicious.

A few days later three vehicles were damaged in a blaze at Roberts Road in Shirley.