A car fire is being treated as arson by brigade chiefs.
The vehicle was found on fire in a ditch on Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, near a quarry at 7.10am today.
One crew from Hartlepool Community Fire Station attended the call.
Crew manager Brookes said: "The car was well alight when we got there. We believe it was deliberate."
It is believed the vehicle was an Audi TT.