Man fighting for life after allegedly being set on fire

A man is fighting for life after he was allegedly set on fire in a horror attack in NSW at the weekend.

Emergency services were called to a property on Fountaindale Road at Saddleback Mountain, west of Kiama, around 4.30pm on Saturday following reports a man had sustained serious burns.

Upon arrival, they found a vehicle engulfed in flames and a 51-year-old man nearby with serious burns to his head, chest and face.


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The man was treated at the scene by paramedics before being flown to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Lake Illawarra detectives, assisted by State Crime Command’s Arson Unit, commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man’s injuries.

Following inquiries, a 42-year-old man was arrested at Saddleback Mountain about 9.30am on Sunday.

He has since been charged with throw/lay explosive other substance with intent to burn/maim/disable/do grievous bodily harm etc, and cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today.