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Hospital patient starts fire in intensive care unit after smoking cocaine

By Mason White 11:08 AM December 28, 2014
Lee Vern Cook (left) 

By: Wayne Morin
A man who was hospitalized in an intensive care unit, started a fire by smoking cocaine that was supplied to him by his friend, police in Florida said.

The Crestview Police Department said that they arrested 54-year-old Lee Vern Cook, after he admitted to bringing cocaine into the hospital and giving it to his friend who was on oxygen at the North Okaloosa Medical Center.

The fire broke out just after 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, when the patient attempted to smoke an improvised device. Firefighters said that the patient’s oxygen mask, linen and gown were destroyed by the fire.

The intensive care unit was not evacuated as the fire was quickly extinguished. The patient was transferred to a burn unit as a result of the burns he received.

Cook also admitted to bringing a loaded gun into the hospital.

Cook was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, arson, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.