Drunken man accused of hindering firefighters
July 29, 2013 10:39PM
Updated: August 31, 2013 6:35AM
JOLIET TOWNSHIP — A drunken resident was arrested this month after hindering firefighters’ efforts to save his burning house by trying to return inside for his cigarettes, authorities said.
East Joliet firefighters and Will County sheriff’s police responded to the fire, 1425 Dickens St., about 3:45 a.m. July 19 and found the two-story house fully engulfed in flames, according to reports.
Flames spread to two neighboring houses and a garage across the alley, authorities said. They said one man was sleeping in the house on the east side, but awoke from the heat and called 911 before getting out.
The state fire marshal’s office has determined the fire was arson and is conducting an investigation, sheriff’s police said.
They said the resident, Richard Kelly, 35, was “highly intoxicated and very uncooperative. ... Kelly kept yelling at firefighters, moving the water supply hoses and was attempting to go inside” to retrieve his cigarettes.”
Despite being warned that he could face arrest, Kelly began blocking firefighters from going into his garage and was arrested and charged with obstructing firefighters, police said.