PERTH: A woman received burn injuries when her Midvale home was fire-bombed overnight.
The woman suffered serious burns to 30 per cent of her body — mainly to her head, neck and throat — in the arson attack.
Police say a 51-year-old man threw burning material over the 52-year-old woman.
The woman is in a critical but stable condition in Fiona Stanley Hospital.
The man threw an incendiary device before leaving the woman house causing a second fire which caused about $150,000 damage to the structure and contents of the home.
The woman neigbhour, Robert Coverly, said he rushed to help those injured in the fire.
“Ran over to help, found the lady on the lawn and asked if there was anyone else in the house. Ran straight in through the fire and helped my other mate out, ran and got a towel and put it on her,” he said.
“Then I turned all the gas mains off in all the houses and then went back and comforted her until all the ambulances and the police came, it’s pretty horrific.”
The arson squad is investigating the fire which gutted the Hooley Road home.
Police have charged a 51-year-old Wandina man over the incident.