Man could face arson charges for Granby Hospital fire

A man arrested in connection with a fire suspected to have been set Saturday afternoon in the Granby Hospital could be formally charged on Monday.

Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Christine Coulombe said a 26-year-old man was interrogated by SQ investigators Saturday night and remains in custody.

The suspect must appear before a judge in a Granby courthouse Monday, where he could face charges including arson with disregard for human life, according to Coulombe.

While keeping mum on much of the details about the incident, Coulombe said that clues found at the scene of the fire led investigators to be believe it was arson.

The man was stopped by Granby police about two hours after the fire, which forced the evacuation of almost 100 patients, though none were wounded.

At the hospital, Director of Communications Denis Dubé said the fire department received the alarm at around 1:15 p.m.

According to Dubé, six patients, including a pregnant woman, were moved to two other hospitals in the region, Bromont-Missisquoi-Perkins and Saint-Hyacinthe, because their health require special care.

The others were transferred to other floors around the hospital.

Early evening Saturday, Mr. Dubé confirmed that the situation had returned to normal within the hospital, and that patients had started to return to their original rooms.

-With from the Canadian Press

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