Spanaway woman lit house on fire while roommates slept after ‘spirits’ told her to, deputies say

  • Source: Tacoma News Tribune
  • Published: 04/17/2019 06:56 AM

A Spanaway woman who’d been drinking rubbing alcohol allegedly lit her house on fire early Tuesday with five other people sleeping inside. The 51-year-old was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation. Firefighters were called about 1:25 a.m. to a two-story house in the 20100 block of 75th Avenue Court East and found the home engulfed in flames. After they doused the blaze, the woman told firefighters she’d poured rubbing alcohol on the floor and set it on fire because “spirits” told her to do so, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. A man asleep on the second floor awoke to the fire alarm and yelled for his roommates to go outside. He told deputies the suspect’s bedroom appeared to be barricaded when he tried to enter and save her. Moments later, he saw the woman jump from her bedroom window and land on a pickup truck parked below.


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