ST. JAMES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have accused a man of interfering with efforts to fight a fire that destroyed eight buildings in the business district of the southern Minnesota town of Madelia.
Police had set up a one-block perimeter to keep people out of the area where about 100 firefighters were battling the fast-moving blaze Feb. 3. But the charges filed in Watonwan County allege that 42-year-old Bryce Gary Weiss, of Madelia, entered the area anyway to take pictures, and that he tried to tell the fire chief how to fight the fire. The complaint says he was ordered to leave but returned.READ MORE: Police Response Prompts Closure Of I-694 In The North Metro
Weiss is charged with drunken driving, driving with an open beer can, driving around a barricade and trespassing. He’s due in court April 5.READ MORE: Calling North Mpls. A ‘War Zone,’ 26 Residents Send Open Letter To Gov. Requesting State Troopers Or Nat’l Guard
He doesn’t have a listed phone number.MORE NEWS: Spit On Cops And Get Charged In Hennepin County? Depends On Whether You Avoid Their Faces
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