Police in Queensland, Australia, charged a woman with arson on Sunday after she allegedly set fire to a hotel room in which she had been quarantined in accordance with state coronavirus protocol, Australian agency Seven News reported on Monday.
An unidentified woman, 31, reportedly started a fire under a bed in her room at the Pacific Hotel on the morning of November 28 in the city of Cairns. The woman entered the room on November 26 with her two children. The woman’s children were inside the hotel room with their mother when she started the fire, according to the Queensland Police Department.
The fire “destroyed the room and damaged two floors” according to Seven News. Operators at the Pacific Hotel were forced to carry out an emergency evacuation of the building in response to the fire. The 163 guests staying at the facility at the time as well as the building staff were successfully evacuated and no injuries were reported, Queensland Police Acting Chief Superintendent Chris said on November 28. Hodgman.
“We have had some issues with this occupant that we are managing,” Hodgman said on Sunday of the alleged arsonist, although he did not provide further details.
Hodgman added that those evacuated from the Pacific Hotel “were initially held in another location but have since been relocated.”
“Earlier, Queensland Acting Chief Medical Officer Peter Aitken said they were looking at options for where to send guests to quarantine,” the Australian Broadcasting Corporation noted on November 27.
Aitken said the possibilities included moving guests to another state-run quarantine hotel in Cairns “or transferring them to Brisbane.”
Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland and is located approximately 1,045 miles south of Cairns.
Queensland health officials have taken over the Pacific Hotel in recent weeks for use as a coronavirus quarantine facility.
“Anyone arriving in Queensland from another state or overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days under the state’s restrictions on pandemic moths,” the New York Times reported Monday.
“Those who have a home that meets government criteria for ventilation may undergo a home quarantine, but those who do not must quarantine themselves at a designated hotel and foot the bill themselves,” the newspaper said. .
The 31-year-old woman who allegedly started a fire at the Cairns quarantine hotel on Sunday had recently arrived in Queensland from the Australian state of Victoria in southern Australia, according to Seven News. The Cairns Magistrates’ Court heard the original proceedings in the woman’s case on November 29 before adjourning it to November 30.
In addition to one count of arson, the individual was also charged with one count of “willful injury”.