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Pine man charged with interfering with firefighters battling blaze at his home

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A Pine Township resident was arrested at his home on Monday on a charge of interfering with firefighters who were trying to douse the blaze engulfing his residence, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to police, at 5:17 a.m. firefighters from multiple departments were dispatched to the residence of Christopher Battishill, 40, at 624 E. Old Chicago Road, to battle a fire there. Battishill “was actively interfering with firemen as they were trying to extinguish the fire,” police said.

Battishill was taken into custody, medically cleared at Porter Regional Hospital, and then transported to Porter County Jail, police said.

Battishill was also wanted on an active warrant charging him with failure to comply with probation, police added.

Interfering with a firefighter is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a term in jail of up to a year.

“This is still under investigation as to the cause of the fire and Mr. Battishill’s involvement,” police said. “New charges could be forthcoming after the investigation is complete.”



Posted 11/19/2013