Australian Woman Charged After Setting Fire in COVID-19 Quarantine Hotel

Police in Australia charged a woman after she allegedly set fire in a COVID-19 quarantine hotel on Nov. 28.

Queensland Police charged the 31-year-old woman with one count each of arson and willful damage after she allegedly started a fire at around 7 a.m. local time underneath a bed in a hotel room in Cairns City where she had been staying with two children.

Chief Superintendent Chris Hodgman described the blaze as “intense.”

Police said the fire has been extinguished, but the building suffered significant damage.

More than 160 hotel occupants were safely evacuated and relocated.

No one was injured.

“It’s been quite traumatic for some of those people, so that’s our focus at the moment,” Hodgman also said.

The woman is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on Nov. 29.


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