WHEN Ipswich father William Foote first saw the flames engulfing his 28-year-old daughter's Mitsubishi Magna in a Leichhardt street he feared the worst.
Mr Foote was in a shopping centre nearby when he received a text that rocked him to his core.
It is not approppriate to reveal the text's contents, except to say it was a cry for help from his beloved daughter.
"She sent me the message... so straight away I left the shopping centre and went to her house around the corner," Mr Foote told the QT when we arrived in Jane St where the car was located.
"Someone said her car was on fire, and when I got around here... it was on fire.
"At first I thought she was in the car.
"That is why I am so dry in the mouth.
"But thankfully she got away and the police are chasing her now.
"I am just so worried.
"I don't know what to do."
Mr Foote's daughter was soon located by police not long after he spoke to the QT.
The QT has learnt that the 28-year-old had allegedly set fire to the car herself and suffered minor burns.
She was given medical treatment by the ambulance service and taken to hospital.
She will not be charged by police.
A police spokesman told the QT that they had got a call from the fire brigade to attend the scene in Jane St at 11.30am, and they arrived to find a crowd of people in the street and the car on fire.
The blaze was quickly extinguished.
A visibly shaken Mr Foote said his daughter was being led astray by unsavoury elements and that they needed to wake up to themselves and realise the damage they were causing.
"She has been having a lot of problems," he said.
"But there are always ways out."
One male resident nearby called the fire brigade after Jane St was rocked by loud explosions.
"I came out and saw the car on fire," he said.
"A couple of minutes later there were four big bangs.
"One was the fuel tank exploding, then the tyres and the air con' system.
"I called the fire brigade straight away because I've got kids in the house.
"I was worried... but the whole street is a worry."
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