A substance-abuse patient at a suburban Chicago hospital who was angry at rules that restricted his comings and goings has been charged with setting a fire at the facility that killed another patient, police said.
Brian Gancarczyk, 24, of Cicero, Ill., was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson, authorities said.
Authorities said he stuffed a magazine under a lounge sofa at 427-bed MacNeal Hospital in the west Chicago suburb of Berwyn, Ill., and ignited it.
The blaze killed James Shreve, 46, also of Cicero. His body was found crouched under a table as though he were trying to hide from the fire, firefighters said.
About 65 patients were evacuated and moved to another wing of the hospital.
Four hospital employees and two police officers were treated for smoke inhalation.