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Man accused of activating sprinkler system, flooding Logan emergency room

Logan County deputies say Timothy Baker, 30, of Big Ugly was arrested Wednesday on charges of tampering with a fire protection device, causing false alarm for fire, destruction of property, disorderly conduct and falsely reporting an emergency incident. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

A man faces charges after he was accused of turning on the fire sprinkler system in the emergency room of Logan Regional Medical Center, flooding it with 2 to 3 inches of water.

Timothy Baker, 30, of Big Ugly was arrested on charges of tampering with a fire protection device, causing false alarm for fire, destruction of property, disorderly conduct and falsely reporting an emergency incident, according to a news release from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

Logan County deputies responded to the hospital Wednesday to investigate a report about an irate patient. Officers found the emergency room flooded. Hospital staff said a person was seen on camera standing on hospital equipment and reaching up and pulling the fire sprinkler system from the ceiling.

Deputies said Baker was identified as the man responsible for the incident, and he was arrested.

Baker is currently being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail. No bond amount was listed on the West Virginia Regional Jail’s website.

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