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Sydney man set own unit on fire: police

A man has been charged with intent to murder after allegedly setting his own unit on fire in Sydney's east.

Emergency services were called to a blaze at a ground-floor unit in Maroubra on Sunday about 5.45pm, with nearby residents having to be evacuated.

A crime scene was established at the unit after an unregistered firearm was allegedly found.

Police arrested a 30-year-old man nearby an hour later and he was taken to hospital with minor injuries before being charged with destroying or damaging a building by fire with intent to murder and firearm charges.

The man was refused bail to appear in Waverley Local Court on Monday.

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