The mother allegedly was outside the home, eating at another house on the property, when the fire broke out about 5 a.m. Monday about 10 miles northwest of Olympia, Ziesemer said.
She suffered a third-degree burn to her nose and smoke inhalation trying to get back inside. She was treated at an Olympia hospital and transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, he said. Detectives were investigating her for negligence.
The father was in jail at the time, having been arrested about 2 a.m. for driving with a suspended license, Ziesemer said.
There had been two similar bedroom fires in the home in the past two months that were not reported, he said.
Thurston County Fire District 13 says the house was burning when firefighters arrived. They were unable to reach the child because of the flames.
There were two adults and a child in a separate home in a different part of the house. They made it out safely, but no one could reach the infant in time.
Thurston County firefighters responded to the fire on Steamboat Island Road Northwest early this morning.
Firefighters say at least two families lived in the house and the fire may have started in the baby’s room, according to reports. Everyone else made it safely out of the house.
The mother tried to go back inside to save her child, but she was not able to get the baby out, KIRO reported. The mother suffered burns while trying to save the infant.