At the beginning of July, a resident of Realmont had an unpleasant surprise when she found her car burned down on Gambetta Street. A few days earlier, firefighters had already had to evacuate her from her home after a fire broke out in her neighbor’s car, as the fire spread to the front of the building.
Sandrine, a mother who has lived in Realmont for a little over two years, is going through a dark streak. On the morning of July 8, when she left her home to go to work, she found her car on fire. The car, a Citroën Berlingo, is parked opposite her home on Boulevard Gambetta, part of the D612 that crosses Réalmont to connect Albi and Castres.
From her apartment on the ground floor, she heard nothing during the night. His daughter Osen lives upstairs, too. Neighbors alerted the fire department. “Someone said they heard a noise around 2:30 a.m.: a door closing, a speeding car,” she explains.
Sandrine went on the same day to file a complaint with Drake Realmont. Was his car targeted, or was it just a coincidence? The mother says she has no concerns about the neighbourhood. 48 hours ago another car burned down during the night in the adjacent street. And last month, his neighbor’s car burned down, which led to dire consequences.
It was about six in the morning and the fire spread to the front of the building next to the Sandrine building. Firefighters’ intervention made it possible to stop the fire in time, but the family’s mother and daughter were evacuated as a precaution.
Coming soon CCTV cameras
The tenant of the dwelling, a man who “came from northern France” according to Sandrine, had moved to Realmont two weeks before the fire. He had to be moved to another city. “We haven’t known him and haven’t seen him since he left,” she explains.
Police investigations into these car fires are still ongoing. Meanwhile, Sandrine and her daughter worry about the possibility of a new accident. Especially Osen who needs her car to go to work in Carmo. The young woman says she can’t sleep at night, and gets up regularly to make sure her car is still in place and in good shape.
Soon, 11 surveillance cameras will be installed in the city to enhance security and deter vandalism. “Everything is ready, already wired, we are waiting for the cameras to come in,” explains Realmont Mayor, Henry Violas.