Cafe patrons scream in horror as man stumbles screaming after being set on fire at hostel

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Cafe owner relives horrific moment a badly burned man fell into his business shouting “I’m on fire” and “screaming like a dying bull” – as police question two men

  • A man ran down the street in downtown Brisbane shouting, “I’m on fire, I’m on fire! “
  • A cafe owner said the 24-year-old was bleeding and bleeding from his mouth
  • Police established two crime scenes on West End Main Street, Boundary Street
  • Two men are now helping police investigate the incident










Horrified pedestrians and cafe patrons were shaken after seeing a man with excruciating burns and a bloody neck injury trip down a downtown street, screaming in pain.

A 24-year-old man who was allegedly given an unidentified substance believed to be hot water thrown at him at a nearby hostel was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after the incident.

He is in serious but stable condition after paramedics treated him on site in the downtown West End suburb.

He was seen on the street shortly after 7 a.m. shouting, “I’m on fire, I’m on fire.”

The City Limits Cafe and West End Lodge Accommodation at the corner of Boundary and Mollison Streets, West End Brisbane, where the man was found in agony with burns to his chest and neck

Police established two crime scenes in the area.  A man in his 30s and another in his 40s are currently involved in the investigation of the incident

Police established two crime scenes in the area. A man in his 30s and another in his 40s are currently involved in the investigation of the incident

City Limits cafe owner Lawrence Nassar told the Courier-Mail he saw the man running and tripping in front of his establishment, before customers watched him cross the street.

Mr. Nassar brought him cold water and told him he would call an ambulance.

“He had a big cut on the back of his neck and blood was running all over and he was foaming from his mouth,” Nassar said.

“He ran and the people here were so scared, they were horrified and the little children were screaming.

“He was so in agony.

“It was awful, really awful. I’ve seen a lot of them but never anything like this.

Mr Nassar said the man looked like a “dying bull”.

Police set up crime scenes at the alleged site of the incident at the intersection of Boundary and Wilson streets, and the other at the West End Lodge Accommodation above the cafe.

Police said a man in his 30s and another in his 40s were helping investigate the incident.

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