Man burns during nursing after being upset that he has cancer

Victims of the deadly fire 
By: Eva Fett 

A man was angry that he is sick with cancer so he decided to burn down the nursing home, according to reports.

The resident of the nursing home confessed to setting the fire that killed 12 fellow patients, many of them bedridden and too weak to escape, Taiwan police said.

Security video that was broadcast on TV showed nurses working frantically to save patients, pushing their beds in the hallways nearby and performing CPR on injured victims outside the Hsinying hospital early on Tuesday.

The nursing home is on the second floor of the hospital in the southern city of Tainan.

Prosecutor Tseng Chao-kai said that the security cameras also showed a naked man running away from the fire and police later found him hiding in a warehouse in the Hsinying hospital.

The prosecutor said that Lin Chi-hsiung confessed to starting the fire because he was unhappy about his own prolonged illness. Lin, 67, was arrested late on Tuesday, and formal charges are pending.

The fire was extinguished about 40 minutes after it broke out. Security rescuers evacuated more than 100 patients, hospital official Tsai Ming-shih said. Sixty people were also injured during the blaze. Tsai said that the 12 dead victims died of smoke inhalation.



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