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Patient charged with arson following Bloomfield nursing home fire

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Roderick Peters. (Bloomfield police photo) Roderick Peters. (Bloomfield police photo)

Police have charged a patient with arson following last weekend's nursing home fire in Bloomfield.

They said Rodrick Peters, 73, of Hartford, was responsible for the fire at the Touchpoint Healthcare Facility on Saturday morning.

Police said Peters was a resident patient of the facility at the time of the incident.

The fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. in a residential room.

Six people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Twenty-seven people had to be evacuated. A staff member also suffered a minor shoulder injury, according to police.

The suspect fled into a wooded area, but was located.

Peters told police that he started the fire because he didn't want to live there anymore.

Peters was charged with first-degree arson and third-degree assault.

He faced a judge on Tuesday.

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