A man has been rushed to hospital after he was set on fire during a terrifying pre-dawn attack, before seeking help at a nearby McDonalds.
Emergency services were called to the fast-food store at King St in Newcastle, on the NSW Hunter Coast, shortly after 3am on Thursday.
Police said the 23-year-old man had been assaulted and set on fire before seeking help at the northeast city store suffering serious burns.
He was rushed to John Hunter Hospital before being transferred to Royal North Shore, where he remained in a serious but stable condition.
Police have since established a crime scene with investigations underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Local media reported that officer believed the man was involved in an altercation with two men in the busy street in Newcastle
Investigators appealed for any witnesses or anyone with dashcam vision in the area at the time to come Crime Stoppers.