Two thugs kicked a man’s door down, stabbed him with ‘machetes’ and set his house on fire, witnesses have claimed.
Hero neighbours reportedly jumped into action and put out the fire with buckets of water in Willoughby Road, Liverpool, shortly before 11pm on Friday.
The road remained blocked to vehicles on Saturday while a property near the junction with South Road was cordoned off by police.
People reported fire engines and police cars descending on the scene, and a green tarpaulin had been placed over the front of a terraced property.
One man, who did not wish to be named, told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I was driving down Willoughby Road and noticed smoke coming out of a house so I stopped.
‘It transpires that two men had burst into the house, and seriously attacked the occupant with machetes of sorts then set fire to the house.
‘I didn’t see who done it but the guy was covered in blood with what appeared to be serious lacerations.
‘I helped put the fire out by running in and out of the house with bucket of water from a neighbour’s house, while other neighbours assisted the victim.
‘I just want to highlight how bad things are getting around here. This is by far the worse incident that I have witnessed since living in the area for the best part of 10 years.’
Charlotte Redmond, 29, who was staying at her partner’s home, said she heard loud bangs shortly before 11pm.
She said: ‘I was sitting in the living room and I heard two bangs. Everyone came out and was having a look.
‘I could see a big glow from the upstairs window of the house near the end.
‘One of the neighbours from the house opposite ran to help and booted the front door in. Everyone was helping with buckets of water.
‘I’m sure I saw the man who had been in the house; it was dark but it looked like he was covered in blood, he was an older man probably late 40s.’
Miss Redmond said ambulances, police vehicles and fire engines arrived at the scene.
She said: ‘The neighbours said two men had jumped over the back gate and kicked the back door in and stabbed him.
‘I think the bangs I heard were them putting the door through. Everyone was just screaming and they were asking if anyone else was in the property, and was the dog out.
‘Everywhere has its rough areas but we have had nothing like this round here.’
Residents in the street said the house was divided into upstairs and downstairs flats.
The victim was taken to hospital in an ambulance, according to witnesses, although his condition is unclear.
Merseyside Police have been contacted for comment.