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Man charged in Philadelphia International Records’ arson case

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We reported yesterday that Philadelphia International Records’ fire was deemed an act of an arsonist. A man, who was pretty wasted at the time, has been charged with the crime. More details below or read the entire article HERE.

“For 40 years, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and other producers worked in the studios at Broad and Spruce streets to pump out gold records for legendary artists such as Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder.

But police said it only took a South Philadelphia man a few minutes to burn up much of that memorabilia. 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.” via The Metro

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Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

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