SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-(7/13/17) A Springfield family is looking for answers after vandals set fire to a vintage car in their driveway. The car was a birthday present given to their seven year old son Nino. Nino suffers from a genetic disorders that leaves him confined to a wheelchair.
While Nino will never be able to drive a vehicle on his own, he loved taking rides in the 1970 Mustang Mach 1 that his grandfather restored. According to his father, the car, which Nino calls 'Pumpkin', is his son's pride and joy, "“It is Nino’s favorite possession in the world, at night we tell him bedtime stories and they almost always revolve around him taking the pumpkin somewhere on an adventure,” said Brett Welcome.
Welcome still hasn't told his son the fate of 'Pumpkin.' Nino's disorder makes it difficult for him to handle stress and anxiety.
A fire marshal was on scene this afternoon, finding fireworks in and around the Mustang. Welcome said he awoke to what sounded like fireworks at around 3:30 Thursday morning, "I heard some popping and it immediately sounded like there were fireworks going off. “Flames were billowing out (of the vehicle) 20-25 feet in the air is what it feels like.”
The Welcome family is urging anyone who might have information as to who might have set the fire to call either the Springfield Police Department or the Springfield Fire Department.