Intoxicated patient sets bed on fire at University of Michigan Hospital

Imaginary cigarette to blame

Published On: Oct 21 2012 06:30:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 21 2012 07:09:29 PM EDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

An intoxicated patient and an imaginary cigarette resulted in two people suffering burns and minor damage to a University of Michigan Hospital bed.
   University public safety spokeswoman Diane Brown says the emergency room patient "was trying to light a non-existent cigarette."
   Brown says the man "thought he had one," but set the bedding on fire at the Ann Arbor facility.
   The patient was burned, as was a nurse who tried to put the fire out about 10:20 p.m. Saturday.
   Hospital staff extinguished the flames before firefighters arrived. The fire was contained to the bed. No evacuations were necessary.