Lincoln Police arrested a Lincoln man who they say set the fire as part of an elaborate plan to burglarize Bryan West Campus.
Police arrested 33-year-old Roy Bivans for arson and attempted burglary. They say he set the fire in the women's bathroom at Bryan West Campus to use as a distraction while he broke into the pharmacy.
Police say he has an addiction to prescription drugs.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue Crews responded to a report of a fire on October 8th at 8:15 p.m.
Investigators found smoldering clothing at three different locations in a bathroom ceiling.
According to Inspector Roger Chapp, no construction work was being done above the ceiling.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Pat Borer said the fire started near the cafeteria. The hospital's smoke detectors and fire alarm system picked up the fire.
Borer said the fire was partially put out by employees, firefighters then completely put it out when they arrived.
Police traced calls and text messages and were able to place Bivans at the hospital at the time of the fire.
No one was hurt in the fire and no patients were evacuated. Some smoke did drift into the emergency room area but was quickly cleared.
"Safety is number one, so when it comes to a fire, it's so important we have the necessary equipment and training to ensure the safety of our patients," David Reese with Bryan Health said.
Bryan West Campus has a plan ready for action if needed. Staff will remove anyone in immediate danger, activate the alarm, contain the fire and finally extinguish the flames or evacuate.
"Patients rely on us to be the eyes and ears and to be the folks who are going to take care of them and to provide their safety," Reese said.