Philly Studio Arsonist Was Drunk

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Metro reports that the man charged with setting fire at Philadelphia International Records was intoxicated at the time of the crime. "Police charged Chris Cimini, 27, yesterday with setting Sunday's fire at Philadelphia International Records in what they called a random act fueled by alcohol. Authorities said Cimini was "completely intoxicated" after drinking in Center City with friends. Based on surveillance footage, police said, it appears Cimini thought he was somewhere "familiar" such as a friend's house when he knocked on the door before allegedly kicking in the glass front door and crawling inside. Cimini used a lighter to set fire to some flammable items in a third-floor closet, police said. Rescue crews found Cimini alone inside. He was treated for minor injuries and released. Chuck Gamble, executive vice president of Philadelphia International Records, didn't completely buy the explanation. "We’re shocked and still can’t believe it," Gamble said. "That’s what he says but we still can’t believe it that [in] this big building he would pick on us randomly and for him to break into the building and break out the windows and do the terrorism that he did.""

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