TAWAU - A 52-year-old man distraught by his failure to woo back his estranged wife set fire to his in-laws' house in Taman Semarak resulting in his brother-in-law suffering from severe burns.
Darwin Tahang, 24, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Tawau Hospital with 95 per cent burns on his body caused while trying to stop the suspect from torching their home in the 8.30am incident yesterday.
It was learnt that the suspect had gone to his father-in-law's house, where his wife was staying, to seek reconciliation and to stop her from going ahead with their divorce proceedings.
However, when his estranged wife turned him down, he was believed to have taken out two plastic containers filled with petrol from his car outside and splashed it at the porch of the terrace house before starting a fire.
Darwin, who was at the house, rushed out to stop the man, but slipped and fell on the floor, which was on fire.
The victim's 61-year-old father was also injured.
The suspect then fled the scene.
Tawau OCPD Asst Comm Awang Besar Dullah said police were searching for the man.