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UK News Man charged with arson after fire at hospital prompts evacuation of patients

20:16  23 january  2021
20:16  23 january  2021 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a fire forced an evacuation of part of Leeds General Infirmary. A spokeswoman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We can confirm that there was a small fire at Leeds General Infirmary [this evening].

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A man has been charged with arson after a fire was deliberately started at a Leeds hospital, prompting its evacuation.

a view of a city street: A fire broke out at Leeds General Infirmary. (Google Maps) A fire broke out at Leeds General Infirmary. (Google Maps)

Staff and patients in the Leeds General Infirmary had to be cleared from the building after a blaze broke out on Thursday.

West Yorkshire Police were called just before 6pm to reports of a man armed with a screwdriver causing damage to units and threatening to start a fire, a spokesman said at the time.

Footage from the scene shows patients being wheeled out of the hospital and into the cold on trolleys.

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A man has admitted arson charges after fires at a hospital , university and museum within a two day period. Thomas Ashcroft, of Sheffield, admitted three charges of arson which Hundreds of patients were evacuated from the Royal Stoke University Hospital , in Staffordshire, after the fire on 7 June.

Ten patients were taken to hospital for observation from St Michael's Hospice in St Leonards, East Sussex, where the fire started at about 00:40 BST. He is being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. image copyrightBBC news grab.

Nobody was injured during the incident and people were soon allowed back inside after the blaze was extinguished quickly by fire crews.

But a man was arrested at the scene.

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Kriss Jackson, 43, of Leeds, has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, police said.

He is also charged with affray, possession of a bladed article and two counts of assault. He was due to appear before magistrates on Saturday.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds CID, said: "We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us so far with regard to this investigation.

"We also continue to appeal for anyone who was present in either the A&E or X-Ray department between 5 and 6pm on 21 January to contact us, as it is possible they will be able to assist our enquiries further."

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The fire prompted the evacuation of some 295 people from the building, both patients and medical workers. According to media reports, the blaze started in an intensive care unit after a leaking oxygen canister caught fire . Five patients were evacuated from the ICU, but a sixth died.

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A spokesperson for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said at the time: "We can confirm that there was a small fire at Leeds General Infirmary this evening.

"The fire was extinguished quickly and nobody was injured.

"Staff and patients were evacuated from the building for a short period and police investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

"We would like to thank our staff and the emergency services who responded quickly to the incident."

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