20-year-old Katlyn Nichelle Milligan of Amherst Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony burning of personal property, misdemeanor damage to personal property, and misdemeanor molesting a fire extinguishing system.
Morganton Public Safety personnel responded to a fire alarm at CHS-Morganton. Upon arrival, CHS security personnel reported a woman running from the bathroom outside the emergency department where a sprinkler head had been activated. There was no fire in the bathroom. Officers did notice a trash can turned upside down, underneath the flowing sprinkler head.
MDPS questioned Katlyn Milligan, who reported that she was underneath the sprinkler when “it just went off.” Milligan initially denied tampering with the sprinkler, but later confessed that she turned a trash can upside down, stood on top of it and held an open flame (from a lighter) against the sprinkler head until (it) activated. Milligan said that she had grown impatient with how long the ER wait was taking and “she wanted to see what it would do.”
A large quantity of water had flooded the emergency department and approximately 20 people had to be moved into a conference room while CHS staff cleared water out of the waiting area.
Milligan's bond was set at $5,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in Burke County District Court on Friday (June 12).