Woman Held Under Police Guard After Man Critically Burned

A man has suffered life-threatening burns after a suspicious fire in his Melbourne home.

What you need to know
  • A 49-year-old man is in critical condition in hospital after suffering serious burns
  • Emergency crews were called to a house fire just before 6am in Macleod
  • A 36-year-old woman is being held under police guard in hospital
  • Investigators have ruled the fire suspicious, but have not confirmed its cause

A man is fighting for life in hospital after a suspicious fire in his Melbourne home early Wednesday.

The victim, aged 49, suffered burns to his face, hands and feet.

Emergency crews and paramedics arrived to the Wattle Drive house in Macleod, in Melbourne’s north east, at about 5.40am.

They transported the man to the Alfred Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

ten daily understands the victim may have been doused in an accelarant and set alight, but investigators have not confirmed the source of the fire.

A 36-year-old woman was also taken to hospital, and remains under police guard.

An 11-year-old boy who was home at the time of the fire has also been taken to hospital for observation.

Arson detectives believe the fire may have started downstairs in the lounge room, but have not confirmed its cause.

Detective Senior Constable Dianne Dale from the Arson and Explosives squad said investigators will begin a forensic analysis shortly.

“We’ll be determining the point of origin, and what led to the circumstances being suspicious,” she said.

“At this stage investigators are undetermined as to what the fire cause is, however, what I can tell you is it is suspicious circumstances at this stage.”