An abandoned ex-girlfriend who broke into her former partner’s bedroom, doused him and his new lover with gasoline and set them on fire has been identified.
Sarah Mudge, 31, broke into Stanley Obi’s home in New Beith, a southern suburb of Brisbane, just before 3am on Thursday.
Queensland Police will allege they tried to set Mr Obi and his new lover on fire while his three young children were in the house.
However, the only person the mother of four managed to kill was herself.
Mr Obi’s new girlfriend, 30, escaped with burns to her airways with the three children – aged five, three and two.
Meanwhile, a hero neighbor known as Al dragged the burning body of the loving father out of the wreckage.
The allegedly bizarre attack came just weeks after Mudge posted a chilling, but vague, message on Facebook saying, “She’s not toxic bro. You made it like this. Now you think she’s crazy.
Sarah Mudge, 31, entered her Stanley Obi’s home on Thursday and attempted to burn him, his new lover and his three young children alive. Mr Obi is pictured with Ms Mudge
Mr Obi (pictured) suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body and is in critical condition
Neighbors Scott and Michelle, who live next door to Al, told Daily Mail Australia he frantically tried to knock on everyone’s door in the street – but no one woke up.
“He knocked on a few doors and the guy from the house next door did the same. I think he knocked a few doors across the street,” Scott said.
“But the first time we heard about it was when the sirens lit up the street – we went out to see what was going on but there were no sirens, just lights.”
They said Al stayed with Mr Obi, who suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body, until an ambulance arrived 35 minutes later.
The father remains in critical condition at the Royal Brisbane Hospital – but if he survives Al most likely saved his life.
Another neighbor told the Courier-Mail he worked hard to get everyone – including Ms Mudge – out of the burning house.
“I tried to get everyone out the side of the house and then someone said there was a lady in there so I tried to go back in there but it was already too much burned, I couldn’t get in,” he said. .
A hero neighbor (a family pictured outside their home) known as Al pulled the burning body of Stanley Obi from the wreckage
Sarah Mudge and Stanley Obi (pictured together) had four children before splitting
Stanley Obi (pictured) is hospitalized with burns to 90 per cent of his body after his ex-girlfriend set him on fire
Mr Obi is a professional nurse and knew his burns were life threatening.
“He told me: ‘I won’t make it, I’m going to die, I’m going to die, you have to help me. Help me,’ the neighbor recalled.
“He was reaching out to me, reaching out to hold my hand, and I wasn’t going to hold his hand because I know infection control.”
Mr Obi’s current and unnamed girlfriend and the three children were taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Detectives said Mr Obi and Ms Mudge were known to police when they were together.
Just weeks before the tragedy, Ms Mudge wrote a cryptic message on Facebook under the heading “relationship rules”.
“She’s not toxic bro,” she wrote.
“You made her like this. Now you think she’s crazy.
Ms Mudge wrote a cryptic Facebook post under the headline ‘relationship rules’ (pictured)
Pictured: Stanley Obi’s burnt-out home in New Beith, after his ex Sarah Mudge set the place on fire
Emergency services were called to the property on Bidyan Boulevard in New Beith, south Brisbane, at around 3am Thursday morning.
‘Your decisions reflect his actions. Check yourself.’
Ms Mudge, who ran her own photography business, also has several photos of Mr Obi and their children on her social media pages.
Just four days ago, she was asking people on a local Facebook page for advice on her son’s snail garden.
Mr Obi’s friend said he and his new partner built their new dream home last year and only moved in at the end of October.
Superintendent Mark White said there was no evidence a Molotov cocktail was thrown and believes Ms Mudge “somehow managed to get in and once inside she was able to throw gasoline”.
Police do not believe anyone else was involved.
Police believe the fire at the Bidyan Boulevard property is suspicious and are investigating whether it was the result of a domestic violence incident
Forensic investigators scoured the scene on Thursday but said it was difficult due to fire damage
Firefighters spent more than two hours trying to extinguish the flames. Pictured: The burnt-out house
At a press conference on Thursday morning, police said Mr Obi and his new partner had been living in the house for about six months.
Detectives have yet to interview the female survivor and are appealing to the public for information.
A resident said fire engines and police sirens woke him up at 3 a.m.
“I could see the fire from mine, (easily) 10 meters high,” he wrote on social media.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the property was “well engulfed” when four crews arrived on the scene.
“There was a partial roof collapse,” he said.
Firefighters spent more than two hours trying to extinguish the flames.
A crime scene has been declared at the scene and forensic detectives are expected to be present this morning.
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