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Australian man allegedly set alight after row over dog

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Emergency crews at the scene in Wollongong, south of Sydney

A man in Australia is in a critical condition after being set alight following an argument over a dog, police say.

The 45-year-old man suffered serious burns in Wollongong, a city south of Sydney, according to New South Wales Police.

Police said his alleged attacker, 41, doused him with a flammable liquid before setting him on fire.

They described the incident as a “neighbour dispute”.

The victim suffered critical injuries and was flown to a hospital in Sydney, police said.

A 44-year-old woman with him at the time also suffered burns while trying to extinguish the flames.

She was taken to a Wollongong hospital in a stable condition.

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The victim suffered critical injuries in the incident

One witness said she heard yelling at the time.

“It’s pretty bad, it’s pretty stuffed up. It’s scary,” she told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“I stayed inside. It’s too scary to come out when there’s an argument.”

The 41-year-old man was denied bail in the Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday.

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