Police say CHI St. Joseph fire intentionally set by patient

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Bryan police say a fire that shut down a wing of CHI St. Joseph Health Sunday afternoon was intentionally set by a patient.

Officers were called out to the fire around 4:00 p.m. Hospital staff said they found a bed sheet on fire in in the room of Wendy Eilers, 54. They also reported finding a lighter on the bedside table.

Staff put out the fire and evacuated the floor.

When officers arrived on the scene, Eilers reportedly told them she burned the sheets because the nurses were ignoring her.

Eilers was taken into custody and charged with arson.

CHI St. Joseph Health released this statement Monday afternoon:
On Sunday, Dec. 2, a fire started around 4 p.m. in the oncology unit at Regional Hospital. The fire department was called however the fire was put out before they arrived by hospital employees. All patients in the unit were evacuated. No injuries or damage to the facility have been reported. There was minor damage to furniture. The fire was contained to one room and the unit was reopened this morning. We are grateful for the quick response of our team members and emergency responders during this situation.