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Arson suspected after fire breaks out at hotel housing COVID-19 patients

TOCHIGI (TR) – Tochigi Prefectural Police suspect that a fire that broke out at a hotel in Utsunomiya City that houses patients afflicted with COVID-19 was possibly set deliberately, reports TBS News (May 6).

At 11:40 p.m., an employee at Hotel Maruji used a fire extinguisher to put out a burning carpet and scrap wood on an exterior passageway.

A total of 111 rooms in the hotel are reserved for patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus.

Fire broke out at the Hotel Maruji in Utsunomiya City on Tuesday night (Twitter)

On Thursday, the hotel began accepting patients. A total of four were at the hotel at the time. There were no injuries due to the fire, police said.

Police are now checking security camera footage as a part of the investigation.