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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man was arrested early Wednesday and charged with setting toilet paper on fire at a Sioux City hospital, then damaging a fire sprinkler and causing flooding throughout the emergency department.

David Warner, 34, is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on a $25,000 bond on charges of first-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief.

According to court documents, he was taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's for a mental health evaluation at 12:22 a.m. Wednesday. He is accused of setting a roll of toilet paper on fire in an exam room in the emergency department at 2:25 a.m. After the fire sprinkler turned on, Warner damaged the sprinkler head, causing a constant flow of water that flooded the emergency department, the first-floor hallway, the hallway to the ambulance entrance and the lower-level kitchen.

Warner left the hospital, and police located him in the 2700 block of Jackson Street and arrested him.


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