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Man tries to start fire at Fargo clinic, punches employee



One man is facing numerous charges after a wild situation at a Fargo clinic involving a hairspray, a lighter and a fight.

Fargo Police said the bizarre situation happened at the Sanford Sleep and Dialysis clinic in the 2800 block of University Dr. around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29.

The police report said 50-year-old Santos Mekwam went into the lobby of the clinic and used a can of hairspray and a lighter to start fires.

An employee noticed what happened and tried to stop Mekwam, that led to a fight where police say Mekwam punched the employee in the face and then ran.

Police then found Mekwam in a parking lot close to the clinic with a bottle of hair spray.

A damage estimate from the fire at the clinic was not included in the police report.

Mekwam is now under arrests for simple assault, endangerment by fire and an unrelated warrant.