A 67-year-old resident of the Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to the nursing home part of the facility Wednesday evening at around 9:00. Linda J. Braun, a resident of the independent living part of the facility, is charged with Felony Aggravated Arson.
Madison County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Dixon tells The Big Z the fire was confined to two rooms and extinguished by the sprinkler system.
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After the fire was put out, Braun allegedly called police to confess to setting the fire. No residents were injured in the fire. One of the employees of the nursing home was treated and released for minor smoke inhalation suffered while clearing the patients from the affected area. Braun is being held in the Madison County Jail on $250,000 bond.