Firefighters say they had to fight more than just a fire when a Daytona Beach man prevented them from entering his apartment unit which was engulfed in flames.
Police say they restrained Mark Smalley, 30, as they were evacuating the apartment unit on 400 N. Halifax Ave. after the fire was reported around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Three officers were treated for smoke inhalation on scene after subduing the resident, who was treated for smoke inhalation and a burn to his leg before being taken to Halifax Health Medical Center.
The police department is charging Smalley with resisting arrest without violence and preventing or obstructing extinguishment of a fire. Smalley has not told police why he allegedly blocked them from entering the building.
Firefighters were able to stop the fire, which they said may have been caused by the man falling asleep in bed while smoking. Although no other injuries were reported and residents were allowed to return to their homes, the fire caused about $5,000 in damage.