Pennsylvania man jailed after drunken cooking leads to fire

July 27, 2011 9:36:10 AM PDT
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 McCall's preliminary hearing on Aug. 3.

Nobody else was hurt in the fire.