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The Today File

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November 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Man accused of setting ex-wife on fire says someone hit him on head

A 55-year-old Lynnwood man claims he was knocked unconscious Sunday before his home was set on fire, severely burning his ex-wife and leaving her in critical condition, according to court documents released Tuesday.

However,  the man has been arrested for investigation of attempted murder and arson.

Firefighters responded to the fire at the home in the 6200 block of 193rd Street Southwest in Lynnwood shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday where they found a man suffering from smoke inhalation walked out near the front of the home and a burned woman lying in a pool of blood in the garage, police say.

Paramedics told police the 44-year-old woman smelled strongly of gasoline, according to a document of probable cause released Tuesday. The document outlines the police case.

The woman, who suffered a skull fracture and second- and third-degree burns, is in critical condition at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, police say.

According to the document:

The man was interviewed by police while being examined at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds after the fire. He told officers that he was asleep in his home when someone hit him on the head. He said he smelled smoke, went downstairs and then saw his ex-wife “engulfed in flames.”

The man told police he initially ran away from her, then returned to pull off her burning sweater. He said he ran outside to get water, but found the water hose was frozen so he filled up a bucket of water and ran back in. The man said he fell down and spilled the water, and then “just laid there,” police said in the document.

According to police, the man had weekend visitation with the couple’s 8-year-old child. The victim, who lives in Lake Stevens, typically picked the girl up from her ex-husband’s home around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The child was with her grandparents and not at the house, police said.

The man is not being named because he has not yet been charged.

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