Child wakes to horrific scene after mum allegedly soaks dad in petrol and sets him on fire

UPDATE at 4:00 PM | A WOMAN is being questioned by police after allegedly soaking her sleeping husband in petrol and setting him on fire at the family’s home in Melbourne’s northeast.

Emergency crews were called to the couple’s Wattle Road home in Macleod around 6am on Wednesday.

They arrived to find a 49-year-old man with critical burns to his face, feet and hands.


It’s understood the man was asleep in a bedroom on the second floor of the family’s two-storey home when his wife allegedly walked in, doused him in flammable liquid and set him alight.

He was reportedly hosed down by firefighters in the stairwell before being rushed to the Alfred hospital where he remains this afternoon in a critical condition.

His 36-year-old wife was arrested at the scene and spent the morning under police guard in hospital.

She was released from hospital a short time ago and is being questioned by detectives.

Police said the couple’s 11-year-old son was home at the time and tried to help his father after being woken by his agonising screams.

The boy was assessed for smoke inhalation at the scene before being taken to Austin Hospital for observation.

It’s understood the family only moved into the area two years ago after relocating from China.

Neighbour Frank Macra told 9 News the injured man’s wife had cancer and was going through ‘therapy’.

No charges have yet been laid. No further information was available at the time of writing.

FIRST at 1:00 PM | A WOMAN is under police guard in hospital following a suspicious fire at a house in Melbourne that has left a man clinging to life with horrific burns to his face, feet and hands.

The 49-year-old man is fighting to stay alive after being rescued from the two-storey home on Wattle Road in the suburb of Macleod around 6am on Wednesday.

He was rushed to the Alfred Hospital where he remains this afternoon in a critical condition.

A 36-year-old Macleod woman was also reportedly found at the home and is under police guard in hospital, police said in a statement.

An 11-year-old boy who police said was also home at the time was assessed at the scene for smoke inhalation before he was taken to Austin Hospital for observation.

There are reports the incident may have been domestic violence related.

While the cause of the fire is not yet known, it is being treated as suspicious with the exact circumstances surrounding the incident yet to be established.

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