A woman has died in hospital three days after allegedly being doused in petrol and set alight at a southeast Melbourne home.
Neighbours said they heard screams and spotted a flaming jerry can at the Cranbourne property on Saturday night before the 22-year-old woman with severe burns to most of her body was taken to the Alfred Hospital where she died on Tuesday.
A 29-year-old man who is known to the victim was questioned by police about the incident, but no charges have been laid.
A young woman is dead three days after suffering burns to most of her body at a Melbourne home
Emergency services found the 22-year-old woman with severe burns at a Melbourne property and a jerry can nearby
At least four children witnessed the 22-year-old woman being set alight at the Melbourne home.
Emergency services found the 22-year-old woman, who suffered severe burns, after they were called to Boronia Avenue in Cranbourne just after 6.30pm on Saturday, Nine News reported.
Neighbours rushed to help after hearing the woman’s blood-curdling scream coming from the home.
‘We smelled smoke, petrol,’ neighbour Daniel McCreedy told 7 News.
‘My partner took care of the lady who had been severely burnt. After I came out, I noticed there was a jerry can at the back that was on fire,’ he added.
The woman, who was believed to have been living with her in-laws and a one-year-old child, was rushed to the Alfred Hospital in a critical condition where she died three days later.
The young woman had skin grafts applied to her head, back and shoulders.
Firefighters were initially called to the property following reports of a house fire.
Police investigations are still ongoing.
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A 29-year-old man who is known to the victim was questioned by police about the incident, but no charges have been laid
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