Afterward, she crawled to "another room to get her cell-phone and called 911."
Emergency responders rushed the elderly woman to a local hospital, where she remains.
During the home invasion, Dow sustained two broken arms, as well as cuts and bruises on her face, according to AJC.
Police arrested five suspects - Grady, Heard, Cameron, Ellery, and Harmon – who had previously worked on Dow's property for the home invasion attack on the elderly woman.
The perpetrators are being charged with criminal attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, arson first-degree, burglary first-degree, cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older, and battery.
Beth Dow, who is the victim's daughter-in-law, stated that she "can't believe somebody would set a grandmother on fire."
The community was dumbfounded after learning the elderly woman was brutally beaten before being set on fire during a home invasion, stating: "All this violence going on, it needs to stop. It's not necessary."
However, Meriwether County police officials assured the community that the home invasion was not random, and believe that Bow was targeted.
Sheriff Chuck Smith said, "This particular location was a target by those involved. The perpetrators that are involved with the incident know a relative that lived in the home, and we believe that relative was the target. Where we are right now in our investigation, I feel very confident that arrests will be made soon."
Neighbor Bobbie Terry, who has only lived in the area for a few months, stated that the "brutal attack has made her anxious - but not to the point of wanting to move."
"Just now being a new resident here, it's very scary. But no matter where you move, there's going to be something going on anyway. All you can do is just keep your eyes opened and stay armed, like we do."