Intruders dosed a Walker man in petrol during a raid on his home.
The 39-year-old was left shocked and bruise following the incident, which happened at just before 7pm last night.
The victim was at home, on Irthing Avenue in Walke, Newcastle when another man went into his flat and attacked him.
He threw petrol over him and assaulted him.
Police believe the attack was 'targetted' and not random.
The offender is described as being in his 30s, about 6ft 2ins tall, of thin build, with brown short messy hair and wearing a grey and white long sleeved top.
Northumbria Police is appealing for any witnesses or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them as soon as possible on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.