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A man was arrested after starting a small fire at the San Mateo Medical Center and allegedly attempting to stab a hospital employee on Tuesday night, police said. Police and fire crews responded to the medical center, located at 222 W. 39th Ave., at 10:45 p.m. after receiving a report that a male patient in his 50s had set a small fire in his first-floor hospital room.
Officers arrived as staff and security were completing the evacuation of 29 hospital rooms in the southwest portion of the hospital. Staff had extinguished the fire before firefighters and police arrived. The patient, Zavtcho Stoyanov, a 51-year-old Hillsborough resident, had isolated himself in a room and was believed to be in possession of a knife, according to police. Police set up a perimeter around the room and attempted to communicate with Stoyanov. At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Stoyanov was detained and removed from the room safely, police said.
Upon further investigation, police discovered that the patient had allegedly attempted to stab a hospital staff member during the incident, police said. The patient was evaluated by medical personnel and was then booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and arson, police said. No injuries were reported.
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