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.


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.