Neighbor douses burning woman set on fire by boyfriend



PUYALLUP, Wash. - Police said a woman is hospitalized with critical injuries after her boyfriend doused her with gas and set her on fire.

It happened at the Hidden Glen Mobile Home Park in Puyallup near 76th Avenue East and 159th Street East about 8 p.m. Monday.

Neighbors said they saw 35-year-old Maria Bazan, whose house was on fire,  jump out a side window and scream for help while engulfed in flames.

"It was like something out of a movie. You've never seen anything like that. The clothes were melting. I literally saw her panties and they were burnt into her butt," said witness Stacy Dunivin.

As neighbors soaked her with hoses, she was barely able to speak.   She told them she was hit and knocked out by her boyfriend, and when she woke up, she was on fire.  

"She just kept saying she couldn't believe it, and that he had hit her and he put her on fire. Poured gas on her and lit her on fire," said Dunivin.

Neighbors said her boyfriend, 39 year-old Angel Reyes, watched and then sped off in his truck.

“He came out running and took his truck and took off.  It was like not even human,” said neighbor Guillermo Ponce, who helped save Bazan.

Bazan was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition.

"I did not see a part of her body that did not have burns on it," said Dunivin.

 The mobile home later reignited and huge flames were seen pouring from the building.

"It's not human to do what he did. Put fire on her and then just leave her on the ground and take off," said Ponce.

Deputies said Reyes fought with police and kicked a K-9 when they tried to take him into custody.  

Deputies said Reyes was also hurt when he accidentally lit himself on fire during the attack on his girlfriend.  He will be booked into jail once he's released from the hospital.

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