Arson in Queensland quarantine hotel fire

A woman sent a hotel to quarantine in Queensland, Australia, ablaze by lighting a fire under a bed in her room, police say, triggering t...

A woman sent a hotel to quarantine in Queensland, Australia, ablaze by lighting a fire under a bed in her room, police say, triggering the evacuation of the 163 occupants of the building.

Police charged the 31-year-old woman, who was in quarantine at the Pacific Hotel in the city of Cairns with her two children, with arson on Sunday.

The fire broke out at around 7 a.m. on Sunday in the women’s room on the top floor of the hotel in far north Queensland, police said. It then spread to neighboring rooms.

The hotel was quickly evacuated, and there were no injuries, noted Chris Hodgman, the Acting Chief Superintendent of Queensland Police, Sunday afternoon. But the hotel had suffered “significant damage,” he said, and residents were to be moved to another quarantine facility.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed flames and thick smoke billowing from two rooms on the 11th floor of the hotel.

Her two children, with whom she had occupied the room for a few days after arriving from another state in the country, were taken in by the police, he added.

Authorities accused the woman with one arson count and one of intentional damage. She was scheduled to appear in a local court on Monday.

Anyone arriving in Queensland from another state or from overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days under the state’s restrictions on pandemic moths. Those who have a home that meets government criteria for ventilation may undergo a home quarantine, but those who do not must quarantine themselves at a designated hotel and foot the bill themselves.

The incident comes as rallies against pandemic measures continue to escalate in Australia. Police estimated 20,000 people took to the streets of Melbourne on Saturday to protest the state government’s plan to introduce a bill that would expand its powers to impose restrictions in the event of a pandemic. The previous weekend, thousands of people in state capitals across the country rallied against vaccination requirements and restrictions on coronaviruses.

Australia reported a third case of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Monday, in a traveler from South Africa in quarantine in the Northern Territory. Two cases were discovered in quarantined travelers in New South Wales on Sunday.

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