Mother Accused of Setting Fire to Child Abuse Suspect's Home: Report

A woman has been accused of setting fire to the home of a suspected child sex offender in Australia.

South Australia Police confirmed that a 48-year-old was charged with arson following the blaze at a house in the Christie Downs suburb of Adelaide on December 16.

Police and the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service were called to the address at about 8:45 p.m. following reports of a fire.

Video from the scene showed neighbors attempting to put out the flames with hosepipes while the 78-year-old male occupant of the home was inside.

"One minute it was a bit of yelling and screaming, then all of a sudden, smash-smash-smash, and then flames and everybody's running around everywhere, not knowing what to do," local resident Chad Modra told Australia's 9News.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but it caused extensive damage to the property.

The occupant was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

South Australia Police said they believe the fire was started deliberately.

According to 9News, the 78-year-old man had been recently charged with a child sex offense.

The father of the alleged victim said it was the girl's mother who had been accused of starting the fire.

"They took my girlfriend and they arrested her...and they asked me if she was involved and they took me away as well," the man, who did not wish to be identified, told 9News.

"As far as I'm concerned, he can rot in hell," he added. "I hope he gets locked up forever."

The 48-year-old woman, who has not been named, was released on bail.

She will appear at Christies Beach Magistrates Court on February 11 to face the charges.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the street at the time of the fire to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

A few hours later, South Australia Police were called to another fire that broke out at a vacant house in the Burton suburb of Adelaide.

Police and firefighters were called just after 1 a.m. on December 17. The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service quickly extinguished the blaze, but the house sustained extensive damage.

Police fire investigators examined the scene and determined the fire suspicious.

No arrests have been made.

File photo of a fire truck in Geelong, Australia. A 48-year-old woman in Adelaide has been charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to the home of a suspected sex offender. Michael Dodge/Getty