Man Cops To Philly Fire

Christopher Cimini was so drunk he couldn’t remember setting a devastating fire at Philadelphia International Records, according to his attorney, but he pleaded guilty July 13 in the arson that caused $3.5 million in property damage and destroyed priceless memorabilia.

His attorney, Gina Capuano, told the judge his blood alcohol level was about four times the legal limit for intoxication, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, when he was spotted by firefighters hanging out of the building’s third-story window, then rescued and arrested.

Cimini pleaded guilty to felony charges of arson, causing a catastrophe, criminal trespass and related offenses. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Salib said he would probably recommend less than 10 years when Cimini is sentenced in September.

Philadelphia International Records is owned by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell, and stars including Teddy Pendergrass and Patti LaBelle recorded there.