Police are yet to speak to the man who staggered into a car wash with shocking burns to half of his body after he allegedly stripped copper from an abandoned factory.
Joseph Anderson, 56, from Marayong in Sydney’s west, was moaning in agony when he was found with horrific injuries staggering along Sunnyholt Road in Blacktown on Friday night.
He suffered severe burns after a transformer exploded at a nearby abandoned warehouse and was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.
A Good Samaritan (pictured left) came to the aid of Joseph Anderson (right) suffered severe burns after a transformer exploded at a nearby abandoned warehouse.
No charges have been laid and investigations by Blacktown Police and specialist forensic officers are ongoing.
‘Police are still waiting to speak to the man as he remains in a critical condition,’ Blacktown Police Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday.
‘But we are hoping to speak to him shortly as part of our ongoing investigation.’
He was unable to confirm whether charges will be laid.
‘We need to speak to him to find out more about what he was doing there and why,’ Chief Inspector Fitzgerald told Daily Mail Australia.
‘A thorough investigation will be conducted before any possible charges will be laid.’
The owner of the property is assisting police with their inquiries.
The man’s family believe he was trying to strip copper from a transformer inside the warehouse when it blew up
Mr Anderson had allegedly been stripping the transformer illegally for copper to sell as scrap metal, not realising it was live, 7 News reported.
CCTV footage captured Mr Anderson running from the factory for 500 metres to the car wash, desperately searching for help.
‘The man sustained facial burns, he sustained chest burns, abdominal burns, arm and leg burns,’ Joe Ibrahim from NSW Ambulance told 7 News.
A passerby filmed graphic footage of the disoriented man, who is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, wandering around the station as he waited for help to arrive.
Mr Anderson was found half naked, but still wearing his boots.
Emergency services found Joseph Anderson (pictured) at a service station and car wash along Sunnyholt Road in Blacktown, Sydney at around 7.15pm on Friday
The 56-year-old (pictured) told emergency services personnel on the scene he had touched a transformer, which he didn’t know was live
His pants had been almost completely blown off in the explosion, expect for a few threads of material hanging from the waistband.
Unable to speak properly because of the severity of the burns, the man moans and groans in anguish.
‘Hu… hu… hurry,’ he manages to mumble.
Unable to touch or help the man because of the burns, a horrified passer-by at his wits’ end can be heard asking if an ambulance has been called.
With the sound of sirens in the distance, the burned man could be seen dragging his burned flesh around the station.
So tired from keeping himself up he leaned his head against a sign.
NSW Fire and Rescue authorities then rush up to the man and try to help him
As the emergency vehicle tried to pull into the station, a white Ford was seen blocking the driveway.
‘Move your car mate,’ the man off-camera yells at the driver.
‘Move your f***ing car mate.’
While that was unfolding, two more people come over with a bottle of water and can be seen trying to convince him to drink from it.
The Good Samaritan hovered the bottle over the burned man and made sure it didn’t touch his lips.
Emergency services treated Joseph Anderson at the scene before he was airlifted to hospital
NSW Fire and Rescue authorities then rush up to the man and try to help him.
Police discovered Mr Anderson’s identity on Saturday after his brother began searching for him.
His family said Mr Anderson had been collecting scrap metal from the abandoned factory for the past week, despite the dangers.
His brother Allan Anderson told 7 News: ‘I didn’t expect anything like this to happen at all.
‘It isn’t worth the risk to anybody, I would tell people not to do it.
Mr Anderson’s brother Allan (pictured) said: ‘I didn’t expect anything like this to happen at all’
So tired from keeping himself up the burned man leans his head against a sign