Police in Osaka have arrested a 68-year-old patient at a hospital on suspicion of attempted arson after he started a fire in a room at the facility.
According to police, Shoichi Yokota used a lighter to set fire to a blood pressure measuring machine in the first-floor rehabilitation room at Tsubasa Clinic in Nishinari Ward at around 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Kyodo News reported. A fire alarm went off and another patient used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. Only the blood pressure monitor and a chair were damaged.
There were 18 people in the three-story clinic at the time. No one was injured.
Police said Yokota, who was identified after an analysis of surveillance camera footage, has admitted to the allegation and quoted him as saying he was trying to ease the pent-up stress of hospital life.© Japan Today