Lakewood fire victim identified as former Army police

KIRO-TVFebruary 9, 2014 

A woman who died Saturday in an early morning fire at a Lakewood house has been identified as a former Army police officer.

Friends and family identified the woman as 56-year-old Jaynie Zeigler.

When firefighters got to the house on Beverly Drive Southwest around 1:45 a.m., they found a smoldering fire inside. They later found Zeigler’s body.

Loved ones said the woman lost both her legs due to organ failure at age 37 and had been living by herself.

She struggled with hoarding and recently stopped taking medicine to treat mental illness, they said.

“It’s just tragic,” said family friend Stephanie Marley. “I cleaned her house up until last November, but … when she quit taking her medications she didn’t want me to be around. She didn’t think I was who I was.”

Marley and Zeigler’s only sister said they called police and the state to help Zeigler on several occasions.

“They tell you that unless that person is a threat to their health or a threat to someone else there’s nothing that can be done,” said the victim’s sister, Imogene Brown, in a phone interview.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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