Man badly burned in Townsville motel fire

A man has suffered serious burns following a suspicious fire at a Townsville motel, with police guarding the site overnight.

Guests attempted to douse the flames after fire and smoke were seen pouring from a room at the Rosslea premises about 10.30pm on Sunday, police say.

A 42-year-old man suffered serious burns and was taken to Townsville Hospital and will be flown to Brisbane for specialist treatment.