Lake Stevens woman, whom teen rescued from fire, charged with arson

LAKE STEVENS — A teenager crawled into his neighbor’s burning mobile home and pulled her to safety despite her protests.

The woman told the boy to leave her alone but the 16-year-old knocked a gas can out of her hands and dragged the distraught woman outside. Other neighbors held onto the woman’s arms to keep her from going back in.

Prosecutors this week charged Gigi Hays with first-degree arson. They allege she started the fire last month that destroyed her Lake Stevens mobile home. Hays reportedly told a police officer that she didn’t want her husband to get the trailer in their divorce. She also told him and others that she wanted to die, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Francesca Yahyavi wrote in court papers.

Hays, 54, is scheduled to answer to the charge next month. Yahyavi is asking a judge to set bail at $500,000 and to order Hays not to have any contact with her estranged husband. The couple are in the middle of a volatile divorce. The deputy prosecutor also plans to ask that Hays regularly report to a mental health provider who is aware of the arson charge.

Hays was hospitalized for the injuries she sustained in the fire. She isn’t in custody.

The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Aug. 8 after neighbors heard two loud explosions coming from the mobile home. The 16-year-old neighbor ran outside and was told by another neighbor that someone was inside the burning trailer.

The front porch was collapsing so the teen ran to a side window. He saw a woman sitting on the floor, holding a gas can in her lap. He crawled into the house despite the heat and smoke. He pulled the woman outside.

Hays allegedly told a neighbor she used gas to ignite the fire.

Hours earlier Hays had asked her daughter to take her car and also gave the woman the key’s to her storage unit, court papers said.

Investigators with the county fire marshal’s office concluded that fires were set in the trailer and a detached garage.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; Twitter: @dianahefley.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Mark James (left) and April Berg.
Moderates may decide a million-dollar battle for state House

Democrat April Berg and Republican Mark James are dueling in the 44th, a political swing district.

Lilah 2 TEASER
Langley man builds automatic candy dispenser for Halloween

People are still finding ways to partake in the holiday’s celebrations in a safe manner.

As seen in body-camera video, an Everett police sergeant places handcuffs on Joseph Michael Hill, 39, while kneeling on his back. Everett's chief says it was reasonable use of force. Hill's attorney disagrees. (Everett Police Department) 20200524
Plea deal reached in case of Black man pinned by Everett cop

Joseph Hill’s arrest led Everett police to amend their policy. All charges except resisting arrest were dropped.

Three people were shot at the Boo Han Oriental Market Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, off of Highway 99 in Edmonds. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Charges: Boo Han shooter stalked wife, sent alarming texts

Duy Nguyen is charged with killing his wife’s friend and wounding two others at an Edmonds market.

A masked passenger sits in front of an empty row of seats on an Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Sea-Tac Monday evening. (Julie Muhlstein) 20201026
Flying to see family, it was a risk that seemed like a must

After eight months of not seeing my 98-year-old mom, a trip to my Spokane hometown was short and sweet.

Firefighters were dispatched to a burning home Wednesday night in Monroe. (Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue)
Fire crews fight blaze at Monroe-area house throughout night

No injuries were reported. Access to water was a challenge as firefighters fought the flames.

Darrington man sentenced in death of 2 horses he starved

He submitted an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but acknowledging a jury would likely convict him.

Monroe Police Department
Police search for Monroe bank robbery suspect, hope for tips

A search with a police dog and drone could not track down the suspect Monday afternoon.

Capt. Robert Palmer (City of Snohomish)
Snohomish chief: ‘Please don’t open carry on the streets’

In a letter to the community, Robert Palmer also asks that protesters during this tense time remain peaceful.

Most Read