A man is undergoing a mental health assessment after he crawled into a petrol station and sprayed petrol, igniting the sprayed liquid. Picture: 7 News Sydney
A man is undergoing a mental health assessment after he crawled into a petrol station and sprayed petrol, igniting the sprayed liquid. Picture: 7 News Sydney

Man crawls to set petrol station alight

A MAN has crawled into a petrol station and sprayed petrol from the bowsers before lighting the fuel alight in inner Sydney overnight.

Disturbing CCTV footage shows the man crawling on his hands and knees towards the petrol station on Regent Street, Chippendale, at 2.20am this morning before approaching the bowsers.

He grabs a petrol hose and sprays petrol on the ground, then takes a lighter and ignites the fuel.

The man approached the petrol station on his hands and knees. Picture: 7 News Sydney
The man approached the petrol station on his hands and knees. Picture: 7 News Sydney

As one of the station attendants runs outside to extinguish the flame, the man crawled on his hands and knees to a second bowser. As staff attempted to approach the man he sprayed more fuel, and became engulfed in flames.

The footage then shows the man crawling away from the large flame.

The man was arrested and taken to Royal Prince Alfred hospital where he is being treated for wounds to his knees and will undergo a mental health assessment. He remains there under police guard.

The flames self-extinguished before emergency services arrived.

According to 7 News the man requested Budget Petrol staff call the police saying, "I'm going to do this again."

After lighting a small flame, he then grabs another hose. Picture: 7 News Sydney
After lighting a small flame, he then grabs another hose. Picture: 7 News Sydney
After igniting a second stream of fuel he was engulfed in flames and tried to crawl away. Picture: 7 News Sydney
After igniting a second stream of fuel he was engulfed in flames and tried to crawl away. Picture: 7 News Sydney
The man was transported to RPA for treatment. Picture: Bill Hearne
The man was transported to RPA for treatment. Picture: Bill Hearne

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