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Man who set fire to Qld home may die: cops

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016

A man who allegedly set fire to an Ipswich house while his de facto and three others barricaded themselves in a bathroom has suffered burns to 95 per cent of his body.

Neighbours rushed to help and doused the burning man, who is now fighting for his life in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Acting Inspector Heath McQueen said the 37-year-old man rammed a vehicle through the garage door about 7.30pm on Monday and then spread accelerant throughout the house.

The man's 23-year-old de facto, a 48-year-old woman and two 18-year-olds, who are all related, locked themselves in a bathroom.

Acting Insp McQueen said all four suffered burns of varying degrees, mostly minor.

He said one of them remained in hospital with burns to the lower leg.

"We are very lucky they have only suffered minor injuries given the gravity of the situation," he told reporters outside the house at Brookwater.

Acting Insp McQueen said it was unclear how the four people inside the bathroom managed to escape the blaze that was so fierce the second storey of the home collapsed.

He said a DVO had been taken out against the man who is in an induced coma.

"His burns are significant ... it is a possibility that he could even die," he said.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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