Charleston Man Charged with Arson After Fire at CAMC General

By: Anna Baxter, John Green Email
By: Anna Baxter, John Green Email

CHARLESTON, W. Va (WSAZ) -- A man staying with a patient at CAMC General has been charged with setting a fire in a hospital bathroom.

Bradley Isaac Hill, 48, of Charleston, was arrested and charged with first-degree arson early Thursday morning.

The suspicious fire was reported just before midnight Thursday in the bathroom at #309 South.

According to the criminal complaint, police interviewed Isaac, and his wife Janis, and it was determined that Isaac has dementia.

His wife told investigators that Hill was in the bathroom for about 30 minutes and when the bathroom door opened there was flames and heavy smoke coming from inside, according to the complaint. Janis told police that she pushed the nurses' call button and ran into the hall for help.

Employees at the hospital put out the fire before firefighters got on scene.

Police say after Hill was arrested he told them several different stories, including "he was trying to see inside the bathroom because it was dark." Hill also told police he did set the fire, but he didn't mean to do it, according to the complaint.

Hill also told police he set two fires in the bathroom, one in the shower and one on the bathroom floor, but he didn't know why, according to the complaint.

Hill says he used his personal lighter to set the fire, but didn't know where he put it, according to the complaint.

A spokesperson with CAMC tells a push cart that carries linens was damaged in the fire.

Dale Witte says only the two patients in that room were relocated to other parts of the building because of the smell of smoke.

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