- Machete-wielding man sets woman on fire then torches himself in horror attack
- Emergency services called to reports of a fire at a home in Benfleet, Essex
- Resident said a woman screamed ‘help, someone’s set my mother-in-law on fire’
- Another witness said a man had poured petrol on himself outside of the property
Two people are in critical condition after a machete-wielding man set a woman on fire and then torched himself in a horror attack.
Emergency services were called to a home in Benfleet, Essex, at around 11am after witnesses saw a man set a woman alight before pouring petrol on himself and doing the same.
One resident said: ‘A man walked up to a house, looking to attack someone, armed with a machete, and ended up finding a woman who he set on fire.
Two people are in critical condition after a machete-wielding man set a woman on fire and then torched himself in a horror attack in Benfleet, Essex (picture shows police cordon after attack)
‘He then went into the garden and set himself on fire. They both looked in a very bad way.
‘A woman then ran into the street screaming “help, help, someone’s set my mother in law on fire”. It was a horrific incident – really shocking.’
Another witness reported seeing a man with a machete who set a woman on fire before setting himself on fire.
Witnesses said a man had poured petrol on himself outside the property set himself alight after setting a woman on fire
Air ambulances were spotted landing on a nearby green and a police cordon remains at the scene.
An Essex Police statement said: ‘Police received reports of a fire at a property in Boyce Green, Benfleet, at around 10.50am today (March 13).
‘Officers were called with reports that a man and a woman have suffered burns and have been taken to hospital in a critical condition. Enquiries are ongoing.’
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