- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A 66-year-old Austin nursing home resident has been charged with arson after investigators say he set the building on fire.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (https://bit.ly/1yA4kqv ) Radcliffe Finley was being held at the Travis County Jail Tuesday morning on $50,000 bond. Austin Fire Department investigators say Finley lit the blaze that caused 30 staff members and 122 residents to evacuate the Southpark Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Nov. 25. Two staff members were treated for smoke inhalation.

A maintenance worker tells investigators Finley lit a pile of newspapers on fire in the middle of a room. Investigators say it was a suicide attempt.

A nurse says she took Finley outside after he pushed her to the ground and told her to leave.

Online jail records didn’t list an attorney for Finley.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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