Australia

NSW man 'doused in fuel, house set alight'

A man is fighting for life after suffering serious burns in a deliberately-lit house fire in NSW's central west. Police have charged a man they found nearby.

One man is behind bars and another is fighting for life in hospital after allegedly being doused in petrol and burned in NSW.

Emergency services were called to a home at Wellington, near Dubbo in the state's central west, about 5pm on Thursday following reports of a blaze.

Initial investigations suggest the fire was deliberately lit.

A 52-year-old man suffered serious burns to more than 60 per cent of his body and was flown to Concord Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Police allege he was doused in petrol during the incident.

A 46-year-old man was later found at a nearby property and taken to Dubbo Base Hospital for treatment of burns.

He was arrested and charged with the domestic violence-related offence of causing wounding/grievous bodily harm with intent to murder.

The man was refused bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court on Friday.

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