DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man was arrested at the scene of a fire for reportedly interfering with firefighters efforts.
Joseph Mosley, 25, was arrested on charges of assault, aggravated menacing, and misconduct at an emergency.
Dayton firefighters were called to the 4900 block of West Riverview Avenue Sunday after 3 a.m. When they arrived, they found a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado in flames. The truck was in the yard and was close to a garage and house.
When the firefighters began to douse the fire, they said Mosley emerged from the house extremely intoxicated and aggressive. Officials said he approached firefighters who were trying to extinguish the flames. Police said he moved close to the fire zone and was interfering with firefighters’ efforts.
Officials tried to guide him away, but they said Mosley became combative. Police were called because of his behavior. Officers said he continued to interfere and shoved a firefighter forcefully. At this time, Mosley’s behavior escalated and he became more aggressive hindering firefighters’ efforts, according to the report.
Officials said he began challenging firefighters to fight. Crews said they could not fight the fire and had to direct their attention to Mosley.
Police said Mosley’s violent behavior continued to progress. He reportedly told firefighters he was going into his house to get a gun. Due to his threat, the entire west side police presence, as well as some surrounding jurisdictions, responded.
Police arrested Mosley and booked him into the Montgomery County Jail.