A wanted man accused of causing "horrendous" injuries when he set another man on fire says he was largely unaware of the incident, despite it occurring outside his Wollongong housing commission unit.
Police facts allege 41-year-old Timothy Illingworth got into an argument with 45-year-old Joseph Frank Baldacchino and 44-year-old Laura Kirby after a dog that came from his unit chased the pair of friends upstairs on Tuesday night.
Shortly after, Illingworth allegedly threw an accelerant onto Mr Baldacchino and set him alight on the footpath outside the Mangerton unit block.
"The victim .. has erupted in flame to his face, chest, arms and torso area," police say in the documents.
"She (Kirby) has covered Baldacchino with her own body and dropped to the ground rolling Baldacchino to the ground."
In applying for bail, Illingworth's lawyer, Matt Russoniello, told Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday his client denied any involvement in the events and allegations he knows the victims.
He said there was little evidence identifying Illingworth as the douser or that canisters of lighter fluid found in his unit had been used.
"Incidents happen at those premises... on a daily basis," Mr Russoniello said of the housing commission block on Wednesday.
"To the point he (Illingworth) does not even bother to look out his window... any more."
Prosecutor Coby Davis told the court Illingworth had a record in South Australia and was the subject of an active warrant in that state regarding an alleged assault involving with a weapon.
Ms Kirby suffered burns trying to extinguish the flames, while Mr Baldacchino had to be intubated in hospital after his injuries caused airway swelling.
Police described Mr Baldacchino's injuries as "permanent and horrendous" in their documents.
Magistrate Mark Douglass said he could not be confident Illingworth would not abscond or commit further offences if released.
"In relation to the offence, it is serious, premeditated and, of course unlawful," he said.
Mr Baldacchino was airlifted to Sydney's Concord hospital in a critical condition but is now serious but stable.
Ms Kirby has been discharged from Wollongong hospital.
Illingworth is charged with throwing an explosive with intent to maim or do grievous bodily harm.