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Man attacked: his nephew is accused of hitting his uncle in the head with a hammer and then setting fire to his Sunnyside home

Houston, Texas (KTRK) – A man in critical condition and his nephew face charges after a hammer attack and fire at a Sunnyside home overnight.

Relatives went to the scene of the accident in the 4000 block of Knoxville near Scott, and described what happened as a family tragedy.

When the police arrived at the house, several family members ran outside saying that the uncle had been assaulted.

But before the officers can enter, they realize the house is on fire.

Houston firefighters managed to save the uncle, who police said was hit with a hammer.

He was taken to hospital and is said to be in very critical condition.

My nephew had smoke inhaled, but he was arrested at the scene.

According to the authorities, he hit his uncle’s nephew with a hammer at least once in the head before setting the fire.

The family told ABC13 that the suspect, who is believed to be about 30, suffers from a mental illness. The uncle was in his late forties.

Five people were in the house at the time of the accident, but it was not immediately known if any children were among them.

Arson is investigating.

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