RESIDENTS were awoken by an explosion from a fire involving three cars.
Arson has been blamed for the blaze in the early hours of Friday morning.
It is believed one parked car was set alight and then flames spread to two adjoining parked vehicles.
The incident took place in Bell Court, Wrexham, at about 2.50am.
One of the cars involved, a BMW 3 series, belonged to a resident who has described how he was woken by the fire.
His vehicle was parked next to the car which was put on fire.
“At the time, I was asleep, when all of a sudden I heard a bang and then a car horn going off,” said the resident, who asked not to be named.
“I went to take a look out of the window to find out what was happening. I could see flames, which were up to about 5ft in height, and smoke.”
He said the fire service were on the scene quickly but his BMW was virtually destroyed due to the intensity of the blaze.
“Although there is some fire damage to my car, the majority of it is from heat damage,” he said.
The worried resident said the car was important to him for getting out and about. He had bought it about two-and-a-half years ago.
A spokesman for North Wales Fire Service said firefighters from Wrexham attended Bell Court.
They used two hose reels, one breathing apparatus, a thermal image camera as well as cutting equipment to access an engine compartment as they tackled the flames. The cause of the blaze was said to be deliberate ignition.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “The incident was reported at 2.51am. The fire service were aware and attending.”
An appeal has been made for anyone who has information on the arson to get in contact with officers by telephoning 101.