By Sarah Keane • 13 November 2020 • 10:55
PATIENT who set hospital ward on fire by smoking in bed has been jailed
Lee Williams, 45, has been jailed for 5 years after setting a ward on fire by smoking a cigarette in bed while wearing an oxygen mask. Although repeatedly warned by staff that smoking was prohibited, Williams still lit up on Ward C5 of University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff last May. The fire that ensued almost cost him his life and thirty-eight patients had to be evacuated from two wards at the 1000-bed hospital.
The patient’s ‘act of gross stupidity’ did almost £50,000 damage and a doctor and two nurses received treatment for smoke inhalation and shock after the blaze.
Williams, of Treherbert, Rhondda, South Wales, was jailed for five years.
Judge David Wynn Morgan said:
‘You put at risk the life of the doctor who rushed to treat you, the two nurses who helped, the security staff who put out the fire, and the 38 patients who had to be evacuated in the thick smoke.’
‘The dangers of fire were made clear to you. Your response was: ‘I don’t care, it is my decision to have a cigarette’.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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