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Man thrown in jail for entering burning house to save cans of beer

By Mason White 12:46 PM April 25, 2017
Scene of the fire
Scene of the fire
By: William Martin

A man was put behind bars for entering a burning house to save his cans of beer, according to police in South Dakota.

Sioux Falls police said that they have arrested 56-year-old Michael Casteel, after being accused of obstructing the work of firefighters.

Casteel has been charged with one count of obstructing a firefighter or law enforcement official. He was booked into the Minnehaha County jail, and his bail has been set at $300.

According to the police investigation, on Sunday afternoon, a fire broke out at a building.

As firefighters and police were evacuating and treating the wounded, Casteel insisted on going back into his apartment to get some beer.

Firefighters told him that he cannot enter the building as it was too dangerous. Casteel pushed police officers aside and entered the building.

A few minutes later, he emerged from the building with two cans of Bud Ice Premium. Casteel did not get a chance to drink his beer as he was arrested by police.

The Sioux Falls Police Department wrote on Twitter: “This incredibly poor judgement could have put many responders at risk. One in custody after obstructing fire and police. It is not advisable to push past police and firefighters in an attempt to save your beer.”