A car was deliberately set on fire in Bickington overnight, according to the fire service.
One fire engine from the town was called to Springfield Road at around 12.20am after receiving several calls from the owner of the car and members of the public.
Firefighters used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blazing black Renault Laguna.
The car was totally destroyed by the fire, which police and fire chiefs believe was started deliberately.
The incident is being treated by police as suspicious.
Anyone who has any information which could help with police enquiries should call 101 and quote crime reference number CB/13/3047.