McDonald’s horror as man is set on fire and rushes to Newcastle fast food restaurant King St for help
- Man set on fire in pre-dawn attack
- I asked for help at a nearby McDonald’s
A man was rushed to hospital after being set on fire in a terrifying pre-dawn attack, before seeking help at a nearby McDonald’s.
Emergency services were called to the fast food outlet on King St in Newcastle, on the NSW Hunter Coast, shortly after 3am on Thursday.
The victim, a 23-year-old man, was allegedly kicked and punched by two other men who then tried to immolate him near a construction site.
Despite suffering severe burns, he managed to stagger around 200 meters to a nearby McDonald’s where horrified staff called an ambulance.
He was rushed to John Hunter Hospital before being transferred to Royal North Shore’s specialist burns unit, where he remained in a serious but stable condition.
Emergency services were called to the fast food outlet on King Street after reports of a man suffering from severe burns. Photo: Google
The motive for the attack is unclear.
Police have since established a crime scene and an investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Local media reported that the officer believed the man was involved in an altercation with two men on a busy Newcastle street.