A woman engulfed in flames during an arson attack on a property in Rowley Regis was attacked in her garden before her home was set on fire.
She suffered 15 per cent burns. Officers have now revealed they believe the woman, aged 31, was attacked before the arsonist deliberately used accelerants to start a fire at the property, in Haden Walk.
The mother, named locally as Louise, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with serious burns to her head and neck on Sunday.
The woman’s nine-year-old and 13-month-old children were rescued from the house unharmed. The youngest was treated for breathing in smoke before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
A Dudley man, aged 42, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being treated in hospital for scorch injuries.
Dc Andy Barnsley, said: “The woman has suffered 15 per cent burns and we believe she was attacked in the garden before the offender deliberately used accelerants to start a fire in the property.”