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Steven Ellam, 27, is alleged to have rammed his auto right into Middlesex Hospital on Thursday morning, just before 10 a.m., with the suspect setting himself on fire as soon as he stepped out of the vehicle.

WTNH reported the man crashed his Chevrolet into the Crescent Street facility's emergency room entrance shortly before 10 a.m. Witnesses at the scene said he then set himself on fire. "At that point, he set himself on fire", said Mayor Drew. "We trust this is a detached occurrence and nobody else was harmed".

Drew said the act was intentional, but he would not speculate on the motive. Multiple cans of gasoline were found inside the man's auto, which was being searched by police.

The crisis room and adjacent structures were emptied as a safeguard was the inquiry proceeds with, Drew said.

Giuffrida added that there was no significant damage to the building besides where the crash took place.

Middlesex still not was not taking patients who arrived via ambulance, and the hospital's normal emergency department location in Middletown was still closed Friday night until further notice, Falcone said. Hospital officials were able to extinguish the flames and transported Mr. Ellam to the burn center at Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital by helicopter.


At the moment it is known that the incident occurred at the entrance to the emergency room of a hospital middlesex.

Municipal, state and federal bomb squads checked the hospital and the suspect's residence, Police Chief William McKenna said. Middlesex Hospital's ED is now on diversion.

Patients who visit the temporary space should go to the main entrance of the hospital, where a security officer will greet them.

Hartford HealthCare said Hartford Hospital and MidState Medical Center, both campuses of The Hospital of Central Connecticut, are accepting diverted patients.

As noted by the mayor of Middletown Dan drew, the incident was planned in advance.

"As always again, our first priority is to our patients, and everybody is safe and being attended to", Giuffrida said.


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