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Sandy woman arrested for setting off sprinkler system in Gresham hospital
Hospital rooms, bathrooms and hallways were flooded
An impatient Sandy woman flooded a hospital room at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center on Friday after she was not discharged when she wanted to be.
Laura Samuel, 33, was expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday, Feb. 16, on accusations of arson, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Police said Samuel became frustrated with how long it was taking for her to be discharged from the emergency room after she was brought in earlier in the day for evaluation.
Samuel first broke a telephone in her room and then used the phone's battery to break a fire alarm light in a nearby hallway bathroom. When breaking the light did not sound the alarm, Samuel turned to the hospital's sprinkler system, police said.
Gresham firefighters said Samuel was able to use heat to compromise the wax plug in the bathroom's sprinkler head. That released 60 gallons of water per minute into two bathrooms, the adjoining hallway and three hospital rooms.
The clean up was extensive, police said, and made three rooms unusable for several hours.
Samuel was taken from the hospital in handcuffs and now has room in the Multnomah County Detention Center.