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Intoxicated patient sets hospital bed on fire at U-M hospital

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- An intoxicated patient and an imaginary cigarette resulted in two people suffering burns and minor damage to a University of Michigan Hospital bed.

University public safety spokeswoman Diane Brown tells AnnArbor.com for a story Sunday that the emergency room patient "was trying to light a non-existent cigarette."

Brown says the man "thought he had one," but set the bedding on fire at the Ann Arbor facility.

The patient was burned, as was a nurse who tried to put the fire out about 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

Hospital staff extinguished the flames before firefighters arrived. The fire was contained to the bed. No evacuations were necessary.

U-M police are investigating. The medical center is a designated smoke-free zone.

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