A man armed with a “large knife” inside Calgary City Hall was arrested by police on Tuesday morning.
Police and firefighters were called to the apartment building on the corner of 7th Avenue and Mcleod Trail at around 3:55 a.m.
The CPS said the man entered by breaking the glass at the front of the building.
Police told Global News the man started four separate fires on the third floor, causing the sprinkler system to go out.
Although fire damage is minimal, there is water damage from the sprinkler system and the third floor is expected to be off limits for some time according to the Calgary Fire Department (CFDs).
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CFD also told Global News that water from the third floor had leaked onto lower floors.
In a press release sent later on Tuesday morning, the CPS said the man was a client of the Police and Crisis Team (PACT), and the incident highlights the importance of working with the health services of Alberta to provide assessment, support and consultation to individuals. are experiencing a mental health crisis.
“Although in many cases the response and coordination through our partnership is successful in preventing a mental health crisis from becoming a police matter, unfortunately there are cases that are violent in nature and require adequate police response,” Superintendent Asif Rashid said.
“Out of consideration and compassion for the man and his current mental health, we will not be releasing his name. We are relieved no one was injured and he is now receiving the treatment he needs.
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The man was taken into custody shortly after police arrived and charges are pending.
Although a fire investigator has been called, the battalion chief said it will be up to the police to determine if an arson investigator should be involved.
At 11:36 a.m., the Calgary Municipal Building remains closed while City of Calgary staff assess the damage.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234.
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