2011-08-04 / Local & State

Man Jailed After Drunken Cooking Leads To Fire

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges of reckless endangerment and resisting arrest after police say he passed out drunk while cooking, causing a small fire that forced the evacuation of his public housing apartment building.

Online court records show the Cambria County Public Defender is representing 25-year-old Avery McCall, who was arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday at his apartment in the Solomon Homes public housing complex in Johnstown. That’s about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown is reporting that firefighters had to use a pass key to enter the smoky apartment, where they found McCall on the couch as food burned on his stove.

The public defender is declining to comment until Mc- Call’s preliminary hearing on Aug. 3. Nobody else was hurt in the fire.

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