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YAKIMA — Police arrested a man accused of intentionally dousing a woman with flammable liquid and setting her on fire Thursday, the Yakima Valley Herald reported.

According to the Valley Herald, police officers were dispatched at 4:45 a.m. Thursday to calls of a possible assault in the 1300 block of South 12th Avenue. Smoke could be seen coming from the duplex, the caller reported, and firefighters were dispatched to the scene as well.

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Once at the building, police found a 55-year-old woman with severe burns. She was transported to a Yakima hospital and then to Harborview Medical Center’s burn unit. She was in stable condition Friday morning.

Firefighters put out the fire at the residence which caused $50,000 in damages.

The woman managed to tell police she was arguing with a 48-year-old man who allegedly doused her with a unknown liquid and set her on fire.

Police said the man fled from the scene as soon as officers arrived, but he was tracked down by police a few hours later and arrested.

He was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree arson and harassment, the Valley Herald reported.

 

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