The woman charged with torching her East Angela Street home in 2008 is in custody awaiting sentencing in May.
Deona Zuffa, 43, pleaded no contest -- admitting there was enough evidence to convict her but not admitting to the crime -- on March 9 in Superior Court in Hayward. She faces up to three years in prison for the crime.
Zuffa was ordered to undergo evaluation while waiting to be sentenced. Those evaluations will be used by Judge Stuart Hing to determine how long she'll serve.
Although she was initially charged with arson, possession of flammable material with intent to set fire, and forgery, a grand jury indictment in January brought in two charges: arson and possession of flammable liquids.
It took investigators two years to bring charges, although Zuffa was home alone at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2008, when she ran from the house with her clothes and shoes on fire. Police who happened to be in the area rushed to help her.
A police report said "substantial physical and financial evidence was collected which indicated Zuffa was responsible for the arson."
Police concluded that an accelerant had been used to start the fire. The motive appeared to have been financial gain; Zuffa and her husband Keith filed for bankruptcy in June 2008, six months before the fire and a notice of foreclosure eviction had been posted on her front door shortly before the fire.
Zuffa received second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body. She was treated at St. Francis Memorial Hospital's Bothin Burn Center in San Francisco but has since recovered.
Neighbors said they heard a loud explosion that shook the ground, followed by the fire that left the single-story home a total loss and damaged two nearby homes.
Pleasanton police worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department to investigate the fire.