Another arson blaze quelled at city hospital

Someone tried to set fire to Hospital San Juan de Dios again Tuesday.

This is the latest in a series of small set fires that have taken place over the last year. Hospital workers controlled the small blaze on the third floor of the San José facility. Fire officials said that clothing was used to start the fire.

Usually the arson attempts are in the evening. They have involved set blazes in private offices fueled with paper on several occasions.

Hospital officials are concerned because 19 persons died in a set fire at Hospital Calderón Guardia July 12, 2005, that had similar characteristics to the blazes at San Juan de Dios. Although there was a conviction in that case, the San Juan de Dios fires almost certainly are inside jobs.

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