“(AP) DALLAS A patient who was wearing an oxygen mask tried to light a cigarette in his hospital room, sparking a fire that forced the evacuation of more than 100 patients, destroyed the room and melted medical equipment, officials said.

A nurse at Methodist Dallas Medical Center rescued the man from his burning bed shortly after the Thursday night blaze started. He suffered serious burns and was taken to the burn unit another Dallas hospital, but no one else was hurt, hospital officials said.

“He somehow got the strength to smoke a cigarette with a nonremovable mask,” Dallas Fire-Rescue Capt. Paul Martinez said. “I don’t know how he did it, but he did it.”

Hospital sprinklers kept the blaze mostly in one room, said fire Lt. Joel Lavender.


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  1. Can we not be stupid here. I mean dang does he not know that fire needs OXYGEN!!!!! And he was in a freakin hospital which means he wasn’t feelin too well to begin with so why smoke…it’ll just kill him faster!!!! I repeat can we not be stupid here. lol.


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