County Behavioral Health Building Evacuated After Man Sets Himself on Fire

County Behavioral Health Building Evacuated After Man Sets Himself on Fire

VICTORVILLE – A male patient was transported with burn injuries after lighting himself on fire in the restroom of a San Bernardino County Behavioral Health building on Tuesday morning.

The incident was reported at the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health in the 12600 block of Hesperia Road at around 9:55 a.m. when a 911 call was made reporting that the structure was on fire. Soon after the staff evacuated the building and the San Bernardino County Fire department responded to the scene. When they arrived no fire was immediately seen, but when firefighters entered the building they discovered that a patient, later identified as Sean Flores, 25, was upset with the result of his visit and had lit himself on fire. In addition to lighting himself on fire, Victorville Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said that he also lit a paper dispenser on fire and purposely damaged a smoke sensor. 

San Bernardino County Fire Department Spokesman Eric Sherwin said that a fire investigator is at the scene attempting to determine what led to the fire and how much damage the fire caused. The office will be closed for the remainder of the day and is expected to be reopened on Wednesday morning. Flores was check and treated by medical personnel and was subsequently booked into the High Desert Detention Center for Arson.  He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail and is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on Thursday afternoon.




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