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Man Dies After Ramming His Car Into Ex-Girlfriend's Garage Before Setting House On Fire

Domestic violence orders were in place between a 23-year-old woman living in the house and the 37-year-old man driving the car.

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A 37-year-old man in Brisbane, Australia, used his car to ram a garage door before setting a house on fire, according to police.

Four people were inside the house when the 37-year-old man crashed his car into the garage at around 7:30p.m. on Monday night.

A 23-year-old woman who had previously been in a relationship with the man, and had taken out domestic violence orders against him, was in the home, along with two18-year-olds and a 48-year-old woman.

"They barricaded themselves in the bathroom upon his entry," said a police spokesperson on Tuesday morning.

"The male then used some sort of accelerant to set fire to the dwelling."

The four residents of the Brisbane home were able to force their way out of the flaming building. They suffered varying degrees of burns, mostly minor. Three have been released from hospital but one remains in care with burns to the leg, police said.

The 37-year-old man ran from the house on fire before collapsing in the front yard, where neighbours doused the flames. The man was in an induced coma with significant burns to 95% of his body. He died on Tuesday night at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

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"We are looking to see if [the man] was known to police but are unable to comment currently," said a police spokesperson on Tuesday.

"It is a really traumatic incident for the persons involved in this dwelling."

"It's very concerning, the gravity of the situation cannot be understated. We are very fortunate that we are not standing here in a much worse situation."

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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