Report: Patient sets fire at Deaconess Midtown before leaving


EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – A patient at Deaconess Midtown is facing arson charges after police say they set an intentional fire in one of the hospital rooms.

Officials say Sandra Louise Lester, 50, of Evansville, set items in a linen basket on fire and walked out of the hospital. Lester was quickly apprehended by Evansville police officers.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 6:18 Monday morning. An employee had used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire before EFD arrived. Firefighters used fans to remove smoke from the area.

The nurse that found and put out the fire was treated for smoke inhalation.

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