It was learnt that the man, an Indonesian national, worked in an oil palm plantation with several others, also believed to be foreigners and stayed in the rented house which was converted into a workers' quarters.
The man was said to have attacked one of the workers, in his 30s, slashing him in the arm and legs before setting fire to the wooden house in the Wednesday incident.
A Toyota Vigo vehicle parked nearby was also destroyed in the fire.
The man was apprehended by police and the injured victim rushed to the hospital where he is said to be in stable condition.
A spokesperson from the Ranau Fire and Rescue Department said they received a call at about 7.52pm, prompting one utility vehicle manned by four personnel to the scene.
The team managed to put the fire out at about 11pm.
In Kota Belud, an electrical shop was razed at Lebak Moyoh, Jalan Kota Belud-Kota Kinabalu. However, nobody was hurt.
Kota Belud Fire and Rescue Department Chief Mohd Faizal Wahid said a fire engine manned by one officer and five personnel went to the three-lot shop after being alerted at about 10.48pm on Wednesday.
He said the operation ended at about 3.30am, adding that the cause of fire and estimated losses are still being investigated.
The shop owner, who did not want to be named, claimed that the shop has been in operation for the past three years.
In another incident, a man in his 20s was rescued by a team from the Kota Kinabalu Fire and Rescue Department after his leg got caught in the grilled railings on the third floor of an apartment in the city, here, Thursday.
It was learnt that the team responded to a distress call at about 7.11am and managed to free the man by cutting the iron railings about 30minutes later.