14 May 2024

Man charged after unit fire in West Wollongong

| Zoe Cartwright
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Police have arrested a man after a unit fire in West Wollongong. Photo: File.

NSW Police say a man will face court today charged after an alleged assault and deliberately lit fire in West Wollongong on Monday 13 May.

About 12 pm emergency services were called to a unit on Crown Street, West Wollongong, following reports of an assault.

A NSW Police spokesperson said officers attached to Wollongong Police District were told a 56-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by a neighbour.

“NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man for facial injuries before he was taken to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition,” the spokesperson said.

“Following inquiries, police returned to the unit complex to speak with a man in a neighbouring unit and found the premises well alight.

“Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the fire; however, the unit was destroyed.

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“A 40-year-old man, who was inside the unit, managed to escape and was arrested.

“He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Wollongong Hospital for assessment.

“Upon his release from hospital, he was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, damage property by fire or explosion, and hinder or resist police officer in execution of duty.”

The man was refused bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court today, Tuesday 14 May.

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