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Sioux City man pleads not guilty to setting fire to toilet paper at hospital

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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to setting toilet paper on fire at a Sioux City hospital, then damaging a fire sprinkler and causing flooding in the building.

David Warner, 34, entered his written plea Friday in Woodbury County District Court to one count of reckless use of fire.

According to court documents, Warner was taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's for a mental health evaluation on April 11. He is accused of setting a roll of toilet paper on fire in an exam room in the emergency department. 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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