BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man has been charged after police allege that he argued and fought with firefighters who were trying to put out a blaze at his smoke-filled home.
Westmoreland County prosecutors allege that 47-year-old Donald Panepinto pushed past firefighters to re-enter the Rostraver Township home Thursday despite having been ordered to stay out. Authorities said smoke was billowing from the home from what firefighters called an active blaze.
Authorities allege that Panepinto threw halogen bars and fire helmets from a second-story balcony onto the people below, and when officers tried to remove him he said “I will blow your (expletive) brains out.”
Panepinto is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangering, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and obstruction of emergency services. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday.
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