Man charged with starting blanket on fire in emergency room

(WEAU) - An Eau Claire man is charged after investigators say he started a blanket on fire in an emergency room and kicked an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Robert Hawke, 47, was in an exam room Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic Health System when he intentionally started the blanket on fire.

The fire spread to a stool and caused smoke to spread in the building. The complaint says Hawke was yelling and swearing at staff when police got there. When an officer put Hawke in handcuffs, he kicked the officer in the leg.

He was released from jail on a signature bond and will be in court next month.


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