Police: Home burns down after man sets woman on fire

PUYALLUP, Wash. - A mobile home was destroyed by flames late Monday, just hours after a man doused his girlfriend with a flammable liquid and set her on fire inside the home, deputies say.

The bizarre chain of events began at about 8 p.m. Monday when a woman called 911 to say she was on fire, according to Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

Police and firefighters rushed to the Hidden Glen Mobile Home Park in the 7600 block of 159th Street East and found a mobile home on fire. The flames were extinguished and the woman, Maria Bazan, was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she is now listed in critical condition.

Officials say it appears Bazan's boyfriend came to the home, poured gas all over her and the home, started a fire, locked the doors - and left.

Neighbors saw the smoke and ran to the woman's rescue.

"She tried to escape, but she couldn't, so the neighbor tried to break the window open with a bat and she got out from there, and she came into flames," says witness Eric Chavez.

Another neighbor says, "I went to get my hose and tried to get the fire out for her, and it was like crazy because I didn't know what to do. I guess we saved her life today."

Bazan worked part-time at a Ma's Place as a cook. Her co-workers were saddened to hear the news.

"I couldn't believe it this thing happened, oh my God," said Jane Lee.

Lee says Bazan was working two jobs to support her son and to help her parents, who live in Mexico. Bazan had recently expressed how good things were in her life, telling Lee she "was happy and excited about a new life."

Before she was taken away by medics, the Bazan told neighbors her boyfriend knocked her out and that she woke up on fire.

But the drama still was not over.

About three hours later, the mobile home burst into flames once more. Firefighters again raced to the scene, but this time they were unable to save the home. It burned to the ground.

Originally Tuesday, Ed Hrivnak of Central Pierce Fire and Rescue said the second fire was being investigated as a separate and independent fire. But Hrivnak sent out a second press release later Tuesday that stated the second fire was a rekindle of the original fire.

The boyfriend was later captured and taken into custody, and is being treated for burns.